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Answers to Common Questions about Dependency Status and Financial Aid

Answers to Common Questions about Dependency Status and Financial Aid

Will my daughter's chances for receiving financial aid be higher if we don't claim her on our taxes? Household income is about $85,000 and she did not qualify for financial aid ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 14, 2011
Impact of a Government Shutdown on Student Financial Aid

Impact of a Government Shutdown on Student Financial Aid

If Congress fails to pass legislation funding the federal government, the federal government will shut down and more than 800,000 government employees will be furloughed. The impact on federal student aid, ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 8, 2011
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
Managing Your Research Grant

Managing Your Research Grant

Show you're using your research grant responsibly.

By Kathleen Carmichael, Ph.D.
Published April 21, 2009
Hidden College Costs

Hidden College Costs

You've calculated tuition costs, figured in room, board and books. You've even checked out scholarships and grants, filled out the FAFSA and budgeted for day-to-day expenses like groceries and laundry money. ...

By Kathleen Carmichael, Ph.D.
Published June 5, 2009
Quick Tips for Filing Your FAFSA

Quick Tips for Filing Your FAFSA

Filling out the FAFSA can be tricky. Keep these tips in mind and you shouldn't have any problems. Identify Yourself • Use your legal name as it appears on your Social ...

By Mike Pugh
Published January 15, 2015
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
Top College Cost Drivers

Top College Cost Drivers

The United States is home to the world’s most expensive higher education system. So says the College Board, an educational testing and services group. That probably doesn’t surprise you, especially if ...

By Jennifer LeClaire
Published June 5, 2007
Why the FAFSA May Soon be Extinct

Why the FAFSA May Soon be Extinct

Pretty soon you may be able to shred that six-page FAFSA form.

By Kathryn Knight
Published January 20, 2009
Summary of President Obama's Budget Blueprint for Federal Student Aid

Summary of President Obama's Budget Blueprint for Federal Student Aid

This article summarizes President Obama's FY2013 budget proposals for the federal student aid programs. Most of these proposals will require Congressional approval before they can be implemented. The combined cost of ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 30, 2012
Who is Considered an Independent Student? What if you are not yet 24 years old?

Who is Considered an Independent Student? What if you are not yet 24 years old?

I'm having problems with my financial aid. I'm a single mother of one. My daughter is almost three years old and will be attending daycare this semester. I've been going to ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 9, 2010
Money Saving New Year's Resolutions

Money Saving New Year's Resolutions

The New Year is a perfect chance to resolve to save money for your education.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 22, 2014
Is college worth the cost?

Is college worth the cost?

Some people have argued that the high cost of a college education is a bubble waiting to burst. They draw superficial comparisons with the housing market, pointing out the high cost, ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 26, 2009
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
How to Deal with a Defaulted But Paid-Off Student Loan that Reappears

How to Deal with a Defaulted But Paid-Off Student Loan that Reappears

Years ago, I went to a two-year school and obtained my Associate's degree. I defaulted on the loan. However, my taxes were taken years later (twice) to take care of the ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 5, 2012
Congress Proposes Big Cuts in Pell Grants

Congress Proposes Big Cuts in Pell Grants

The Republican leadership of the US House of Representatives released a proposal to cut the maximum Pell Grant to $4,015 late on Friday, February 11, 2011. This proposal is part of ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 13, 2011
Family Incorrectly Reported 529 Plan as a Student Asset on the FAFSA

Family Incorrectly Reported 529 Plan as a Student Asset on the FAFSA

I have two questions which I assume you've been asked a million times and I just want to make sure I'm understanding the write-ups about them correctly. We have a regular ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 12, 2012
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
How to Pay for College After a Recent Bankruptcy Discharge

How to Pay for College After a Recent Bankruptcy Discharge

My daughter will be starting college in the fall (hopefully). The full cost for each year is approximately $50,000. She received a scholarship for $35,000 and she has enough saved for ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 18, 2012
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