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    How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

    Several universities that we have visited have stressed the importance of getting you FAFSA completed in January. If we don't have all of our financial and tax information yet, how can we complete the application that early? — Claudia G. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1. While the federal ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Why Do Students Drop Out of College?

    A study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that the main reason why students drop out of college is the conflict between school and work and family commitments. The study, With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them, was conducted by Public Agenda, a nonprofit and nonpartisan public policy research organization. Many students who drop out of college have ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +12
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    The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt

    The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt
    This is a cautionary tale of the consequences of defaulting on education debt, based on the experiences of seven borrowers of federal and private student loans. The stories are all true, but names and inconsequential details have been changed to protect the borrowers. Education debt is a necessary evil. Most students graduate from college with debt. For example, seven out of ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Save Thousands on Your Student Loan Repayment. Take Action July 1st.

    Save Thousands on Your Student Loan Repayment.  Take Action July 1st.
    On July 1st, borrowers who have federal loans with a variable interest rate will be able to take advantage of some of the lowest interest rates in the history of student loan programs through loan consolidation. Borrowers who consolidate will not only save themselves a lot of hassle but a great deal of money as well. The new interest rates will ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +105
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    President Obama Proposes Capping Student Loan Payments at 10% of Discretionary Income

    President Obama Proposes Capping Student Loan Payments at 10% of Discretionary Income
    President Obama proposes to cap student loan payments at 10% of discretionary income as part of a package of proposals outlined by the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families on January 25, 2010. Debt would also be forgiven after 20 years in repayment. This proposal would enhance the income-based repayment plan which was enacted by Congress as part of ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +150
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    Obama Promises to Show Students the Money

    Obama Promises to Show Students the Money
    Stephanie Stevenson’s parents always encouraged her to pursue higher education, saying it would not only make her a better person but a better citizen. Stevenson has taken this to heart by achieving high grades at the University of Maryland and plans to gain a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Urban Planning. Today, at a White House Press Conference on Higher Education, ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +436
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    Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students

    Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students
    Like many nontraditional students, I found the process of returning to school intimidating. Worries hung over my head. How would I pay my bills? Support my family? Pay my tuition? It was those questions that drove me to begin my own scholarship hunt. I used FastWeb, asked friends and kept my eyes open. Yet when I found scholarships I was eligible ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +125
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    How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24?

    If my son applies for public assistance and does his own financial aid, will he be able to apply as independent next year? In addition, (assuming he's able to) would I be able to claim him on my income tax returns this year? He is 19 years old. My goal is to get him as much financial aid as possible. I ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +14
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    How to Minimize Student Loan Debt

    How to Minimize Student Loan Debt
    This article discusses the need to minimize student loan debt and provides more than a dozen practical tips on ways to reduce borrowing for college costs. Try to avoid overborrowing for your college education. Do not treat loan limits as targets. A good rule of thumb is that your total education debt for your entire college education should be less than ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +18
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    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding
    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus bill, includes major increases in student aid funding for the 2009-10 academic year. It includes the largest dollar increase ever in the maximum Pell Grant and significantly expands the Hope Scholarship tax credit. It also increases funding for the Federal Work-Study and AmeriCorps programs. The legislation was signed ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +44
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    15 Questions to Ask Your Financial Aid Office

    15 Questions to Ask Your Financial Aid Office
    1. What types of financial aid do you offer? What are the requirements for need-based aid and for merit-based aid? 2. How much debt do students have when they graduate? What percentage of students graduate with debt? 3. If I get a work-study job, how many hours will I be required to work per week? Are part-time jobs available to students ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +33
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    Four Secret Tuition Savers

    Four Secret Tuition Savers
    For you juniors starting to think about your next step, you’re realizing that your college search might boil down to one thing: money. But if the sticker price on your dream school isn’t realistic, don’t worry. The advertised tuition figure isn’t always the bottom line. Hidden programs could wind up saving you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Here are four ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +83
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    February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

    February is Financial Aid Awareness Month
    February is one short month jam-packed with tons of important events! Yep, February claims Groundhog's Day, Black History Month, Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day and President's Day. While you probably thought that was enough to fill such a short month, there's one very important celebration that takes place all month long that you likely overlooked. But, at Fastweb, it's one of our ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +276
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    Research Grants for Grad Students

    Research Grants for Grad Students
    Maybe you have a fellowship. Or student loans are helping you out. But even if you're not strapped for cash, you should check out an important part of graduate school funding: research grants. Like a scholarship or fellowship, research grants can help to fund your graduate work. But a research grant offers so much more: an opportunity to further your unique ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +29
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    Financial Aid for Study Abroad

    Financial Aid for Study Abroad
    Euro. Yen. Dollar. Whatever you call it, if you want to study abroad you're going to need it. There are ways to get financial aid to study abroad. Find out how to make your trip overseas more affordable. The Ins and Outs of Aid Eligibility Before you rule out study abroad because of the cost, find out whether you may be ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Consequences for Student Financial Aid If Congress Doesn't Raise the Debt Ceiling

    The game of chicken being played out in Washington, DC, may have serious consequences for student financial aid as well as the rest of the economy. Congress and the White House are fighting over raising the debt ceiling, which caps the amount the federal government can borrow to pay its bills. The current debt ceiling is set at $14.294 trillion. The ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +18
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    Employer Tuition Assistance Programs

    Considering going back to school, but aren't quite sure how you're going to pay for it all? The solution may be closer than you think. Many employers now sponsor tuition assistance programs. Typically managed through a company's human resources department, tuition-assistance programs can do more than save you money. They also offer you the chance to integrate your formal education with ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Top Ten Myths About Scholarships

    Top Ten Myths About Scholarships
    There are many myths about who wins private scholarships and the benefits of winning scholarships. These myths can be harmful if they give students and their families unrealistic expectations about their ability to win scholarships. Some myths cause students to underestimate their eligibility for scholarships, discouraging them from applying for scholarships. Other myths cause students and parents to overestimate their eligibility ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +16
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    Changes to the 2012 - 2013 FAFSA

    Changes to the 2012 - 2013 FAFSA
    For many students, January 1 is doomsday. It’s the day the FAFSA application becomes available, triggering an overwhelming sense of dread as students either fill out the FAFSA alone or with their parents. Fortunately, the FAFSA gets easier each year as the Department of Education continues to make improvements to the application system and the designation of federal aid. Before we ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

    Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing
    If you're a current or future college student, chances are good that you're considering a student loan. Before you make any decisions, it pays to understand the basic principles behind borrowing. All loans consist of three components: The interest rate, security component and term. The Interest Rate The interest rate is the lender's charge for the use of their money. The ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +51