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What Counts as Child Support on the FAFSA?

What Counts as Child Support on the FAFSA?

I am very grateful to Fastweb for providing all that you do. I am especially grateful for your answers to questions. I agreed (outside of the courts) to pay my daughter's ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 8, 2010
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
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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 27, 2010
President Obama Proposes Capping Student Loan Payments at 10% of Discretionary Income

President Obama Proposes Capping Student Loan Payments at 10% of Discretionary Income

President Obama proposes to cap student loan payments at 10% of discretionary income as part of a package of proposals outlined by the White House Task Force on Middle Class Families ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 25, 2010
Clearing Up Confusion. What are Parents Responsible for on FAFSA?

Clearing Up Confusion. What are Parents Responsible for on FAFSA?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about which parent is responsible for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so I'm answering a few more questions on ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 25, 2010
How can a student on academic probation pay for college with no aid?

How can a student on academic probation pay for college with no aid?

My son has brain damage along with seizures and a reading learning disability. With all the doctors appointments, hospital stays and seizures he is on academic probation this semester. So that ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 18, 2010
How is retirement income and past due child support reported on the FAFSA?

How is retirement income and past due child support reported on the FAFSA?

I am trying to fill out my FAFSA. My father retired last year and I am confused as to what to put for his financial answers, for example, gross income, taxes, ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 11, 2010
Which parent is responsible for completing the financial aid application?

Which parent is responsible for completing the financial aid application?

I am confused about which parent's information to include on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). My ex-husband paid child support for 7 months this year from a settlement ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 4, 2010
How does child support affect eligibility for student aid?

How does child support affect eligibility for student aid?

I have been divorced for more than 10 years and receive a small amount of child support from my ex-husband. At the time of the divorce, I agreed to let my ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 28, 2009
Should a custodial account held by a grandparent be reported on the grandchild's FAFSA?

Should a custodial account held by a grandparent be reported on the grandchild's FAFSA?

Does a parent need to disclose (on the FAFSA) funds in an UGMA or UTMA account in the student's name with a grandparent as custodian? If so, how does this affect ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 21, 2009
Why Do Students Drop Out of College?

Why Do Students Drop Out of College?

A study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that the main reason why students drop out of college is the conflict between school and work and family commitments. ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 17, 2009
Pay Down Mortgage or Contribute to Son's 529?

Pay Down Mortgage or Contribute to Son's 529?

I just sold my house and moved in with my new husband. We have three children between us (two are his) and are looking for a bigger house. Would it make ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 14, 2009
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
Questions about Maintaining and Regaining Eligibility for Federal Education Loans

Questions about Maintaining and Regaining Eligibility for Federal Education Loans

I have a sophomore in college right now and will have another child starting her freshman year in college next year. We were approved for a Stafford Loan and a Parent ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 30, 2009
Questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Having grown up with depression era parents, I've never been someone that liked to have debt. I'm told that avoiding debt will not work in my favor when applying for financial ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 23, 2009
Dad Died, Mom Remarried; Grandma Moved In. How do These Changes Affect My FAFSA?

Dad Died, Mom Remarried; Grandma Moved In. How do These Changes Affect My FAFSA?

We recently had an addition in the family. Not a new sibling, but my mother's mom is now living with us. She's great and we love having her, but she's not ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 16, 2009
Questions about Income and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Questions about Income and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

My husband earns about $125,000 in salary and I am a stay at home mom. My husband just changed jobs and got his deferred salary and his retirement from 25 years ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 9, 2009
Questions about Assets and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Questions about Assets and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

There are many college financial planners in my area who claim to be able to help us "legally and ethically" reposition our assets to lower our expected family contribution (EFC) and ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 3, 2009
Questions about Obtaining and Repaying Student Loans

Questions about Obtaining and Repaying Student Loans

How will my credit score effect my ability to get the funding I need for graduate school? If my credit is not great, will I be able to get the loans ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 26, 2009
FAFSA Questions Concerning Assets and Legal Guardianships

FAFSA Questions Concerning Assets and Legal Guardianships

I am an incoming freshman in college and my single mom is worried about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recently sold our house and are currently living ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 20, 2009