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Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

"I am a college sophomore and I pay for school myself. For the last two years, I have used my parents' tax information on the FAFSA. Since I pay for school ...

By Mike Pugh
Published March 18, 2014
10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

Avoid frustration with the FAFSA by being prepared.

Published December 3, 2015
How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24?

How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24?

If my son applies for public assistance and does his own financial aid, will he be able to apply as independent next year? In addition, (assuming he's able to) would I ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 17, 2011
What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

It's time to fill out the mother of all financial aid forms: the FAFSA. Don't worry, it's easier than you think! Before you sit down to complete the form, make sure ...

Published November 15, 2015
FAFSA Checklist

FAFSA Checklist

Trust us, if you do have the necessary information on hand, filling out the form will become much simpler.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published November 14, 2015
Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Check your state’s specific listing to make sure you know which criteria apply!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 11, 2014
Your 2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadlines

Your 2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadlines

We've got you covered with a complete list of financial aid deadlines, state-by-state, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 8, 2015
How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

Several universities that we have visited have stressed the importance of getting you FAFSA completed in January. If we don't have all of our financial and tax information yet, how can ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 10, 2011
President Obama Proposes Cuts in Aid Programs to Preserve Pell Grant

President Obama Proposes Cuts in Aid Programs to Preserve Pell Grant

President Obama is proposing to cut some student aid programs to maintain the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 in 2011-12 as part of the FY2012 federal budget request. This comes after ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 14, 2011
How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

They may support you in every other way, but unfortunately, they can't always afford to pay for school.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published February 25, 2015
How Do I Transfer Financial Aid from One College to Another?

How Do I Transfer Financial Aid from One College to Another?

If I change schools, how do I edit my FAFSA so the money goes to my new school? And about how long would it take for the money to transfer schools? ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 21, 2011
President Obama Simplifies the FAFSA for You

President Obama Simplifies the FAFSA for You

In a statement today, the Obama Administration announced sweeping changes to the FAFSA. Families filling out the FAFSA will no longer have to go through such a painstaking process just to ...

By Kathryn Knight
Published June 24, 2009
15 Financial Aid Questions You Need to Ask

15 Financial Aid Questions You Need to Ask

What to ask to get the information you need.

By Carrie Greenberg and Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 25, 2015
When Will the Financial Aid Award Letter Arrive?

When Will the Financial Aid Award Letter Arrive?

I am new to all of this and I am wondering how soon we find out how much financial aid we will be getting. My son has been accepted at 3 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 14, 2011
If a Student's Parents Do Not Claim Him as a Dependent on their Income Tax Returns, Will the Student Get More Financial Aid?

If a Student's Parents Do Not Claim Him as a Dependent on their Income Tax Returns, Will the Student Get More Financial Aid?

How beneficial is it to have our college attending son file his taxes on his own versus us claiming him as a dependent? Does it make a huge difference in the ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 20, 2012
What Can You Do If Your Parents Won't File the FAFSA or Help Pay for College?

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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 14, 2010
Economy Causes Panic over Paying for School

Economy Causes Panic over Paying for School

This year more than ever, the economy is making it more difficult for families to pay for college. The number of financial aid applications is up more than 10% over last ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 21, 2009
President Obama Announces Changes to 2017-18 FAFSA

President Obama Announces Changes to 2017-18 FAFSA

These changes, which start next year, will impact millions of students who apply for federal student aid and are being applied, in hopes, to make the process easier and more helpful for students in the college planning process.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 17, 2015
Congress Passes Legislation Ending the Federally-Guaranteed Student Loan Program

Congress Passes Legislation Ending the Federally-Guaranteed Student Loan Program

The US House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA) on September 17, 2009 by a party-line vote of 253 to 171. This legislation eliminates ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 22, 2009
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