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Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

"I am a college sophomore and I pay for school myself. For the last two years, I have used my parents' tax information on the FAFSA. Since I pay for school ...

By Mike Pugh
Published March 18, 2014
Top Strategies for Maximizing Aid Eligibility

Top Strategies for Maximizing Aid Eligibility

These strategies will have the largest impact on need-based aid eligibility. By implementing these strategies, you will be able to maximize your aid eligibility and therefore have a chance of receiving ...

Published March 13, 2014
Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Looking for a bailout? Good news! The only catch is you'll have to do some good...

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 3, 2014
10 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Avoid Financial Aid Blunders

10 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Avoid Financial Aid Blunders

Don’t rush the process – any mistakes can cause serious delays in the process or, worse, disqualify you all together.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 18, 2014
Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Check your state’s specific listing to make sure you know which criteria apply!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 11, 2014
Finding Funding on Campus

Finding Funding on Campus

Avoiding the topic of financial aid only makes it that much worse in the long run!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 29, 2014
Bi-Partisanship in the Name of Debt

Bi-Partisanship in the Name of Debt

If most young people are united in believing there is an issue, what are they doing to resolve it?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 10, 2013
Avoiding the Average...

Avoiding the Average...

Stop being a statistic and start getting smart about student debt.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 6, 2013
Have You Considered Consolidating?

Have You Considered Consolidating?

Keeping track of all your student loans can be confusing - is consolidation the answer?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 15, 2013
The Best Schools for Financial Aid

The Best Schools for Financial Aid

These schools prove that it is possible to make educational funding readily available to their students.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 8, 2013
Guidelines for Financial Freedom

Guidelines for Financial Freedom

When you’re a student trying to pay for school, one of the greatest challenges can be managing your finances in the best way possible.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 14, 2013
The Restoration of Lower Student Loan Rates

The Restoration of Lower Student Loan Rates

After a series of summer negotiations, student loan interest rates have been restored to a more affordable percentage.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 14, 2013
How America Pays for College

How America Pays for College

Families have adjusted to the post-recession when it comes to paying for school, using grants and scholarships to fund the rising college costs.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 24, 2013
Debt Worriers

Debt Worriers

Student debt spans the population and affects all groups across age, race, ethnicity and gender.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 16, 2013
The “Free” Tuition Experiment

The “Free” Tuition Experiment

It seems as though many are considering the recent doubling of student loan rates as a tipping point to the education cost issue - with more alternative payment programs resulting.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 10, 2013
Are You a College Drop-Out Risk?

Are You a College Drop-Out Risk?

Before you borrow, make sure it will pay off in the future.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 2, 2013
Prepare to Pay Even More for School

Prepare to Pay Even More for School

The current interest rate is 3.4 percent and, starting the first of July, would double for more than seven million students.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 29, 2013
FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage

FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage

The changed to the 2014-2015 FAFSA is considered a step forward for the LGBTQ community.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 8, 2013
Why Do Financial Aid Application Forms Use Last Year's Income?

Why Do Financial Aid Application Forms Use Last Year's Income?

Why do the government and colleges use last year's income to determine financial aid for the current year? Our financial situation has changed, my husband was laid off last year but ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 29, 2013
Does Adoption Affect an Orphan's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

Does Adoption Affect an Orphan's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

I am trying to advise two students whose mother died four years ago and their father died last week, unfortunately. The girls' grandmother is now taking care of them (a 9th ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 22, 2013