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Get Help Completing the FAFSA: Resources for You

Get Help Completing the FAFSA: Resources for You

Don't worry: it's not as bad as it looks.

Published January 14, 2015
Financial Aid Insider Secrets

Financial Aid Insider Secrets

Financial aid is a complicated topic with an alphabet soup of acronyms like FAFSA and EFC, rolling deadlines and (seemingly) endless forms, rules and regulations. But with the state of ...

Published December 9, 2009
How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

They may support you in every other way, but unfortunately, they can't always afford to pay for school.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published February 25, 2015
When Student Loans Aren't Enough

When Student Loans Aren't Enough

How to pay for school when education loans aren't enough.

By Caryl Maybee
Published April 27, 2016
Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

Get the basics on borrowing loans.

By Mike Pugh
Published May 9, 2016
Reporting of Untaxed Social Security Benefits on the FAFSA and the Impact of IRS Filing Extensions on FAFSA Verification

Reporting of Untaxed Social Security Benefits on the FAFSA and the Impact of IRS Filing Extensions on FAFSA Verification

I am a college student with a severe congenital physical disability. If I apply for and am granted SSI benefits, will receiving these benefits cause my family's EFC to increase? I ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 31, 2010
How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 10, 2011
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 ...

Published June 21, 2010
Does Applying for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances of Admission?

Does Applying for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances of Admission?

Does applying for financial aid ever limit one's chances of acceptance to a college? Do colleges give any subtle preference to students who state on their application that they do not ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 31, 2011
Four Secret Tuition Savers

Four Secret Tuition Savers

Learn how you can attend your top choice without paying top dollar.

By Christina Couch
Published April 21, 2009
State-Based Tuition Breaks

State-Based Tuition Breaks

You may already know about federal aid for college, but did you know your state could help out as well? Most states offer financial incentives to residents as well as awards ...

By Roxana Hadad
Published September 4, 2008
The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt

The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt

The harsh reality of defaulting on student laons.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 28, 2015
Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expert answers on income and financial aid eligibility.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 7, 2016
Are "Dual Enrollment" Students Considered College Students on the FAFSA?

Are "Dual Enrollment" Students Considered College Students on the FAFSA?

Families should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible after January 1. While the federal government accepts the FAFSA as late as June ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 3, 2011
Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

My twin daughters will be entering college in the fall. We have saved for their college education over the last 17 years. Presently the savings are held in two accounts each: ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 18, 2010
Obama Promises to Show Students the Money

Obama Promises to Show Students the Money

"There are few things as fundamental and necessary to American success than higher education." -- President Barack Obama

Kathryn Knight
Published April 24, 2009
How to Include Yourself on Your Teen's FAFSA if You're Enrolled Too

How to Include Yourself on Your Teen's FAFSA if You're Enrolled Too

How should a FAFSA be filled out if I have two children going to college and I am enrolling in a graduate program? When it asks how many are attending college ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 1, 2010
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 stimulus package increases federal student aid funding

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 21, 2009
How are Trust Funds Reported on the FAFSA?

How are Trust Funds Reported on the FAFSA?

Each of my parents left me a trust. From each trust I am entitled to the interest income and $5,000 annually. The remainder of the principal stays in the trusts until ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 24, 2010
Student Tips: Financial Aid

Student Tips: Financial Aid

Make sure money is flowing into your savings and not out, with this advice.

Published April 21, 2009