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    Should Married Borrowers File Joint or Separate Federal Income Tax Returns with Income-Based Repayment?

    I have a question about a joint consolidation loan and income-based repayment (IBR). My wife and I consolidated our loans jointly about 10 years ago (when such things were allowed). My name is at the top of the loan. My wife and I both individually had about $70,000 in loans and our joint loan was $140,000. It is currently at about ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +3
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    How America Pays for College

    How America Pays for College
    Sallie Mae, the nation’s number one financial services company specializing in education, in conjunction with Ipsos, has released a new national study, "How America Pays for College 2013." The study’s findings were based on survey results from around 800 undergraduate students, between the ages of 18 and 24 years old and the parents of undergraduate students. According to the study, families ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +26
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    Veterans Status for Student Aid Purposes

    Veterans Status for Student Aid Purposes
    Veterans and active duty military personnel are considered automatically independent for federal need analysis purposes. However, the Veterans Administration and the US Department of Education use a different definition of veteran, leading to some confusion. The definition of active duty also excludes active duty for training or attendance at a service school or, in many cases, members of the National Guard ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    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 I die. The trusts then terminate, and the remaining principal is distributed to my son. My son is the one going to college, by the way. This skews my EFC ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +5
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    How can a Student Pay for College after Losing Student Aid Eligibility due to Unsatisfactory Academic Progress?

    I am not eligible for federal funding at this time because of unsatisfactory academic progress. My appeal was denied and I was told I would again be eligible for federal funding after "the satisfactory completion" of 6 non-federally funded credit hours in an semester. I could easily accomplish this if it weren't for the fact that I don't have the money ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +5
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    College Board Simplifies CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Form

    College Board Simplifies CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Form
    While the US Department of Education is working on simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College Board has already been taking similar steps toward simplifying the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE form. The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE form tries to calculate a more precise measurement of ability to pay. This necessarily involves asking more questions than on the FAFSA. However, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Not All "Need" is Created Equal

    Not All "Need" is Created Equal
    When a college is considering your application, they weigh a variety of factors. One of them can potentially be whether or not you can afford to attend the school. Different schools have different policies when it comes to student need in admissions. The policies also affect whether the school will provide all, or only some, of your demonstrated need. While there ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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    How to Choose the Best Education Loans

    With the new Obama tuition plan do you now have to go through FAFSA to get a loan? Is it better to take a loan out in my child's name or take a parent PLUS loan? — Michelle A. As of July 1, 2010, all federal education loans are now made through the Direct Loan program. This includes federal student loans, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +11
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    FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage

    FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage
    Progression has reached federal student aid as news that the FAFSA form will now recognize parents that are also same-sex couples. Currently, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid referred to “mother/stepmother” and “father/stepfather” in reference to obtaining information about an applicant’s parents. As a result, applicants with same-sex parents had no choice but to either choose to classify parents at ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +22
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    Government Report Reviews Private Student Loans and Recommends Statutory Changes

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the US Department of Education released a report to Congress about private student loans on July 20, 2012 as mandated by section 1077 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203, 7/21/2010). The report discusses the growth and changes in the private student loan marketplace, the use of private student ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Bailout Yourself--Tips for College Savings

    Bailout Yourself--Tips for College Savings
    Even though the bailout bill has been passed, most Americans are still wary of future financial woes. Students are especially worried, seeing as their funding for college is tied up in private loans and may have been affected by the recent sub prime mortgage crisis. Mark Kantrowitz, a leading financial aid expert, has a few tips to help students continue to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +27
  • +6

    When Can a Student's Grandparents Substitute for the Parents on Financial Aid Forms?

    If a student lives with a grandparent, is there any way the student can use the grandparent's income tax information on her FAFSA? I have lived with my grandmother for all 17 years of my life. My parents currently pay a small amount of child support to her, but that is the only financial support that I receive from them. My ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Should You Prefer Your Preferred Lender List?

    Students whose financial aid packages include loans will receive a preferred lending list with their financial aid package. Most college financial aid office have one. What is a preferred lender list? And, amid news reports of a scandal in which certain lenders did favors for a group of financial aid administrators in return for a pitch, can you trust the list? ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +2
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    Student Loan Glossary

    Student Loan Glossary
    To fully understand your student loan options, it helps to understand some basic loan terms. You'll find them scattered throughout loan materials and in conversations with financial aid advisors. Use this glossary to get the terms straight on your loan. Accrued interest: The interest that accumulates on the unpaid balance of a loan. Annual percentage rate (APR): The interest associated with ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +20
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    Can You Appeal for More Student Financial Aid in the Middle of the Academic Year?

    My husband lost his job recently. My oldest son did not qualify for student aid for college this year except for federal loans. Is there any way my son could now receive financial aid until my husband finds a new job? — Sonja R. Ask the college for a professional judgment review. Some colleges call it a special circumstances review or ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +8
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    College Credit Cards Cut by Credit CARD Act

    College Credit Cards Cut by Credit CARD Act
    Need a credit card? It will soon become a lot more difficult to get one. College students who want a credit card but are under age 21 will need to have a cosigner, such as a parent or other adult who is at least 21 years old. College students can also get a credit card without a cosigner if they can ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Are There Any Loan Forgiveness Programs for Social Workers, Teachers and Other Public Service Jobs?

    Are you familiar with any programs that could assist a low-income social worker who has used up his hardship deferments? Any assistance would be appreciated. I'm in a low-paying county, being paid a low income to assist disabled persons, and need help with my student loans. — Dave W. If your loans are federal student loans, such as Federal Stafford or ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +6
  • +17

    Can E-Books Make Textbooks More Affordable?

    Can E-Books Make Textbooks More Affordable?
    Ebook readers work well for pleasure reading, but need some improvements in usability before they will be able to replace textbooks on a widespread basis. The potential cost-savings are more limited than most people expect. I am an early adopter of technology and gadgetry. I purchased two Sony PRS-500 Readers when they first became available: one for my wife and one ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Let Your Friends and Family Pay Your Tuition with a Peer-to-Peer Education Loan

    Let Your Friends and Family Pay Your Tuition with a Peer-to-Peer Education Loan
    Your parents are broke but not broke enough for you to qualify for full need. You have no chance of getting a student loan. During your summer vacation, you burned through your savings. Tuition prices just shot up another 7%. And despite receiving several scholarships, you will still owe thousands of dollars for your college education. So what do you do? ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -17
  • +18

    Bridge the Financial Aid Gap

    For many college-bound students the anticipation of higher education is overshadowed by financial anxieties. With tuition rising faster than financial aid dollars, more students are finding gaps in their financial aid packages. The gap appears when the student's expected family contribution (EFC) plus the school's financial aid package don't equal the cost of attendance. This gap appears as unmet need on ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +18
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