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The Ins & Outs of Buying a Computer for College

The Ins & Outs of Buying a Computer for College

A computer for college is essential but can add a hefty expense to your budget, so choose wisely. Consider these points when computer shopping: Desktop or Laptop? Laptops are more portable ...

By Bridget Kulla and Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 2, 2008
Help Your Teen Stay Debt Free in College

Help Your Teen Stay Debt Free in College

Tom is a graduate student at a Midwestern university completing a major research and writing project on student credit card debt. When Tom was in college, he built up $15,000 of ...

By Hon. John C. Ninfo
Published June 4, 2008
Total College Debt Now Exceeds Total Credit Card Debt

Total College Debt Now Exceeds Total Credit Card Debt

Total student loan and credit card debt outstanding as of June of each year.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 11, 2010
When should you apply for scholarships and financial aid?

When should you apply for scholarships and financial aid?

My son will be applying to colleges this fall since he is a high school senior. Should he wait until he is accepted into a college before applying for scholarships? — ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 13, 2009
Which of a Student's Divorced Parents Must Complete the FAFSA? Is the Stepparent's Information Reported on the FAFSA?

Which of a Student's Divorced Parents Must Complete the FAFSA? Is the Stepparent's Information Reported on the FAFSA?

I will be filling out the FAFSA soon for my daughter who will be attending college next fall. My question is regarding her father, who is my ex-husband. Her father does ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 25, 2010
Financial Aid Glossary

Financial Aid Glossary

Academic Year: The period in which school is in session - typically September through May. Accrual Date: The date on which interest charges on an educational loan begin to accrue. Adjusted ...

By Kay Peterson, Ph. D.
Published May 13, 2016
Free Money for College Savings

Free Money for College Savings

There are a variety of national, state and local programs that encourage families to save for college by providing families with free money. There are two main types of such programs: ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 4, 2011
Seeking Clarification of Income-Based Repayment for Married Student Loan Borrowers

Seeking Clarification of Income-Based Repayment for Married Student Loan Borrowers

Advice for married couples seeking to repay debt and maintain tax benefits.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 25, 2012
White House Releases Model Financial Aid Award Letter "Shopping Sheet"

White House Releases Model Financial Aid Award Letter "Shopping Sheet"

Photo courtesy of Department of Education.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published July 24, 2012
Options for a Family Denied Education Loans Due to Insufficient Income

Options for a Family Denied Education Loans Due to Insufficient Income

My daughter received some financial aid for her freshman year of college but we still had to take out a sizable loan for the rest. She applied for a loan her ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 4, 2010
How does divorce affect eligibility for student financial aid?

How does divorce affect eligibility for student financial aid?

I am currently a single parent with a daughter receiving financial aid. However, I plan to marry and am curious how that affects my child’s financial aid. Will his income be ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 15, 2009
Book It: How to Find Cheaper Textbooks

Book It: How to Find Cheaper Textbooks

The price of textbooks has risen at twice the rate of inflation (.pdf) over the last 20 years according to the Government Accountability Office. Even used books don't soften the blow. ...

Chris Diehl
Published June 4, 2008
How Will The Student Loan Bill Affect Students?

How Will The Student Loan Bill Affect Students?

The US House of Representatives approved the student loan and health care reform legislation on Sunday night, March 21, 2010, by a vote of 220 to 211. No Republicans voted in ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 23, 2010
Top Strategies for Maximizing Aid Eligibility

Top Strategies for Maximizing Aid Eligibility

Help yourself qualify for more financial aid with these tips.

By Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 17, 2016
Going Out of State Can Cost You

Going Out of State Can Cost You

Going out of state could cost you.

By Emilie Le Beau
Published April 21, 2009
What's the FAFSA? And Why You Should Care

What's the FAFSA? And Why You Should Care

Completing the FAFSA will help you earn federal financial aid.

Published January 14, 2015
How Does a Parent Enrolling in College Affect the Child's Financial Aid?

How Does a Parent Enrolling in College Affect the Child's Financial Aid?

My daughter is hoping to attend a private college next year. Of course, we will be applying for financial aid and as many scholarships as we can find! My husband works ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 9, 2011
How Does Income Tax Filing Status Affect Student Aid?

How Does Income Tax Filing Status Affect Student Aid?

My married parents want to file their income tax returns as married filing separately. If the parent with the lower income claims me as a dependent, does that mean that I ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 22, 2010
A Hidden Financial Aid Gem Right Under Your Nose

A Hidden Financial Aid Gem Right Under Your Nose

Don't lose out on a bigger refund come tax season.

By Chris Diehl
Published April 21, 2009
Confusion about Reporting Custodial 529 College Savings Plan Accounts on the FAFSA

Confusion about Reporting Custodial 529 College Savings Plan Accounts on the FAFSA

My daughter is a freshman (in college) and lives more than 50% of the time with her mother who is the custodial parent. Her mom and I have been divorced for ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 31, 2012