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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 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    Can Parent PLUS Loans Get Income-Based Repayment and Loan Forgiveness?

    You've mentioned previously that while Parent PLUS loans are nominally eligible for public service loan forgiveness, they are not eligible for IBR or ICR, which leaves nothing left to forgive. Is there no relief for Parent PLUS loans altogether? Or, is there any way for Parent PLUS loans to qualify for loan forgiveness? — Anonymous Federal Parent PLUS loans are not ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +8
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    Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

    Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans
    If you’re like the millions of students looking for a way out of your student loans; I've got good news for you. There are alternatives but, as with most things in life, there’s a tiny catch. What's the catch? If you’re willing to do some good for the world (gasp!) and volunteer, there are plenty of programs that will be willing ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +27
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    How does job loss affect federal student financial aid?

    When I turned in my FAFSA my parents were making a lot more money than they are now. Both my parents were working full time, but now my mom is the only one working for minimum wage, with my dad jobless. Is there anything I can do at this time to change my FAFSA? — Sam W. Call or write the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +12
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    How Do Grandparent-Owned 529 College Savings Plans Affect Financial Aid Eligibility?

    How Do Grandparent-Owned 529 College Savings Plans Affect Financial Aid Eligibility?
    Only 529 college savings plans that are owned by the student or the student's parents are reported as assets on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). So a 529 plan owned by a grandparent or other third party will not be reported as an asset on the FAFSA. However, qualified distributions from such a 529 plan are treated as ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +8
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    What Can You Do If Your Parents Won't File the FAFSA or Help Pay for College?

    I am in kind of a bad situation. I had a bit of personal problems and had to move out of my house and no longer live with my parents. Unfortunately they will no longer pay for any of my schooling. I previously filled out the FAFSA and did not qualify because my parents made too much money. However, because I ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +13
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    How does divorce affect eligibility for student financial aid?

    I am currently a single parent with a daughter receiving financial aid. However, I plan to marry and am curious how that affects my child’s financial aid. Will his income be considered when completing the FAFSA next year even if we don’t share financial responsibility for her or commingle our bank accounts? — Terri S. If a dependent student's custodial parent ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    What Happens If You Deliberately Don't Report Assets on the FAFSA?

    I'm doing everything possible to lower my EFC. I have assets, UTMA, mutual funds, stocks and I know they hurt my chances of receiving free money (Federal or state grants). I was thinking of cashing in the assets and putting them in a safety deposit box. That way I won't have to claim them on the FAFSA because they are no ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +12
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +7
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +24
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    Congressman Hansen Clarke Proposes Student Loan Relief Legislation

    Congressman Hansen Clarke Proposes Student Loan Relief Legislation
    Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI-13) introduced the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 4170) on March 8, 2012. If enacted, this legislation will provide student loan forgiveness for federal education loans, allow private student loans to be refinanced into federal direct consolidation loans and cap all federal student loan interest rates at 3.4%. This legislation would address some of the calls ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +18
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    He's the Financial Aid Guru. Only on Fastweb.

    He's the Financial Aid Guru.  Only on Fastweb.
    Is your financial aid advice featured in The New York Times? Didn’t think so. Mark Kantrowitz, is nationally recognized as an often quoted leading financial aid expert. With degrees from M.I.T., Carnegie-Mellon and more quotes than Webster’s, he is the financial aid guy’s financial aid guy. Here’s his advice for these tough times. Kantrowitz strongly encourages families to save 1/3 of ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +37
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    Does Dependency Status on Income Tax Returns Affect Financial Aid Eligibility?

    My daughter graduated from undergraduate school in May of this year. As far as student loans were concerned she was considered a dependent for the 4 years she attended there and we filed our income tax as such. However, she started graduate school in July of this year and in order to attend she had to apply for a student loan ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +3
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    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 of employment, so last year's income looks huge when it really wasn't. We also have a 19-year-old child with autism who lives in a group situation with social and living ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +21
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    When is a Stepparent or Adoptive Parent's Income Reported on the FAFSA?

    My daughter's father and I are divorced and I have remarried. Neither my previous nor my new husband are contributing toward my daughter's education, so I am paying all of the expenses myself. How can I show that in my taxes and on the FAFSA so the aid calculations are not made using twice the income that is actually being applied ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Congress Proposes Overhaul of Federal Student Loan and Grant Programs

    Congress Proposes Overhaul of Federal Student Loan and Grant Programs
    The US House of Representatives is considering legislation to overhaul the federal education loan and grant programs. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, nicknamed SAFRA, will increase funding for federal student aid programs and simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. These changes will implement several of President Obama's campaign promises. Switch to 100% Direct Lending Starting ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +204
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    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 the economy, you're most likely going to have to get some sort of outside help in your pursuit of higher education. Don't panic! This video will provide you with an ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    How do retirement funds affect student aid eligibility?

    How do parent contributions to 401(k) or IRA retirement plans affect financial aid eligibility? — Stephen C. The federal need analysis methodology considers both income (taxable and untaxed) and assets that are reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Money in qualified retirement plans, such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, pension, SEP, SIMPLE, Keogh and certain annuities, is ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Will Filing Income Tax Returns as Married Filing Separately Affect Eligibility for Student Financial Aid?

    My husband and I separated last year and are living at separate addresses. We have not filed for divorce yet or a formal separation. We are considering filing our taxes as married filing separately. I am currently a student at an online university and will need to fill out my FAFSA soon. Although my soon to be ex-husband makes about $75,000 ...
    Published about 3 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 3 years ago | Rated: +17
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