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    Questions about Qualifying for the Federal Parent PLUS Loan

    My son has been accepted to an expensive private non-profit college for the fall. We have been awarded a pretty generous financial aid package from the school (approximately $30,000) which leaves me with about $20,000/year left to finance. I make about $50,000/year. I will be applying for the Parent PLUS loan and have several questions. I'm in the process of refinancing ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +5
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    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 Available Income: The remaining income after taxes and a basic living allowance have been subtracted (in the Federal Methodology). Assets: Cash in checking and savings accounts, trusts, stocks, bonds, other ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +25
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    Got a Burning Financial Aid Question? Ask the Expert!

    Wondering how to maximize your financial aid package? Got a specific student aid question you can't find the answer to? No matter what is its, if you've got a financial aid question, "Kantro" has the answer. Mark Kantrowitz is one of the top financial aid experts in the country and he's answering YOUR questions, here on FastWeb! Nationally recognized and often ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Loan Forgiveness Programs

    Are your student loans piling up? Depending on your future plans, you may be able to find relief. Loan forgiveness programs can help by canceling some, or all, of you debt in exchange for some type of public service. Low-income School Programs There are several federal loan forgiveness programs designed for students who become full-time teachers in elementary or secondary schools ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Paying the College Directly to Avoid Gift Taxes

    Under current IRS rules, a payment made directly to an educational institution to pay for the tuition of a student does not count as a gift to the student for gift tax purposes. For example, a grandparent can avoid gift taxes by writing a check to the college for their grandchild's tuition instead of giving the money to the student or ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Maximizing Aid Eligibility: What You Need to Know

    Maximizing Aid Eligibility: What You Need to Know
    First things first – what does “maximizing aid eligibility” even mean? To maximize your aid eligibility means to make your finances appear as if you require more aid – or put very simply, to appear poorer than you actually are, therefore resulting in more aid from the government and your school. When maximizing aid eligibility, keep these technicalities in mind. The ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +52
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    FAQs about Financial Aid

    FAQs about Financial Aid
    FAQs about Financial Aid Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about financial aid. Topics: 1. General Questions about Eligibility and Applying 2. FAFSA Questions 3. Home Schooling and Financial Aid 4. Divorce and Financial Aid 5. What is the relationship between bankruptcy and financial aid? 6. Miscellaneous and Unusual Questions General Questions about Eligibility and Applying 1. I ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Seeking Clarification of Income-Based Repayment for Married Student Loan Borrowers

    I will begin to pay back my student loans in January. My loan debt is about $134,000 and I'm going to pay it back via income-based repayment (IBR). My husband also has student loan debt and is currently in repayment but not through IBR. I understand that if we continue to file our tax returns under Married Filing Jointly status my ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +7
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    How to Pay for Grad School

    How to Pay for Grad School
    Earning a graduate degree can be a smart idea, but how do you find the funding to pay for an expensive advanced degree? There are ways to earn a graduate degree without ending up with a lot of debt. Figure Out How Much Money You'll Need First, figure out the expenses associated with getting a degree. Don't just focus on tuition ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +9
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    Crowdfunding for College

    Crowdfunding for College
    Crowdfunding, the latest trend in the startup craze, allows the public to view and donate to causes and projects via a public platform. Students have jumped on the bandwagon, utilizing crowdfunding resources to fund the often astronomical student loans that have accumulated. Here are some resources that students can utilize crowdfunding for debt payment, as well as manage a current financial ...
    Published about 1 year ago | Rated: +38
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    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 not pay child support and has not supported her financially since our divorce 5 years ago. Do I have to include his financial information, or any of his information, on ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    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 will receive more financial aid than I would if the other parent (with higher income) claimed me as a dependent? — Ilya S. Although you indicated that your parents are ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Making Sense of Your EFC

    Making Sense of Your EFC
    Everyone has an idea of what their EFC (Expected Family Contribution) should be, but it typically never matches with what the FAFSA declares, leaving a lot of students and families clambering for more options to pay for school. Understanding how the EFC is determined and what happens after might lead to greater transparency into the process, helping you and your family ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +17
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    Limit Total Student Loan Debt to Less Than $10,000 per Year to Avoid Overborrowing

    I have twin daughters going to college in the fall. The annual tab (for both girls) after scholarships will be $58,000 in loans per year for four years. We have saved $47,000 for the first year and anticipate being able to save about $12,000 per year to apply towards payments over the three remaining years. This leaves us looking for loans ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Best Money Books for New College Graduates

    College is a transition from a sheltered existence where your parents worried about money matters on your behalf to the real world where you are responsible for making ends meet. But there are many lessons about managing money and living on your own that aren't taught in a college classroom. According to the Council for Economic Education, 13 states require high ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    How to Complete the FAFSA when a Parent Didn't File her Federal Income Tax Return

    I have a problem with my FAFSA. My mom didn't file her income tax returns last year. What do I use when I fill out my FAFSA form? — Erica H. There are four common scenarios in which someone might not file a federal income tax return: 1. Not required to file. The taxpayer is not required to file a federal ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    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 need financial aid? For example, would it be advantageous for a student whose parents earn $150,000 and have adequate savings to tell a college costing $30,000 that they do not ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +17
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    FAFSA Information for DACA Students

    FAFSA Information for DACA Students
    The Immigration Policy Center estimates that “approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school” annually. DACA students are defined as a subgroup of these undocumented students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). What is Deferred Action? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) defines "deferred action" as "a discretionary determination to defer a removal action of an individual ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +25
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    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: a custodial account under the Uniform Transfer to Minor Act (UTMA) and in a Coverdell Education IRA account. I recently read that in connection with evaluating any possible financial aid ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    10 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Avoid Financial Aid Blunders

    10 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Avoid Financial Aid Blunders
    Filling out financial aid forms is challenging and a task, to say the least. But don’t rush the process – any mistakes can cause serious delays in the process or, worse, disqualify you all together. Though these seem like common sense-covered areas, the following are errors that students frequently make when filling out financial aid forms. Before submitting any financial aid ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +24