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    Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students

    Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students
    Like many nontraditional students, I found the process of returning to school intimidating. Worries hung over my head. How would I pay my bills? Support my family? Pay my tuition? It was those questions that drove me to begin my own scholarship hunt. I used FastWeb, asked friends and kept my eyes open. Yet when I found scholarships I was eligible ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +125
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    February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

    February is Financial Aid Awareness Month
    February is one short month jam-packed with tons of important events! Yep, February claims Groundhog's Day, Black History Month, Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day and President's Day. While you probably thought that was enough to fill such a short month, there's one very important celebration that takes place all month long that you likely overlooked. But, at Fastweb, it's one of our ...
    Published 6 months ago | Rated: +276
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    Are You Really Paying More for College?

    Are You Really Paying More for College?
    For years, the college cost inflation rate has been steadily rising by roughly 7% each year. The 2010-2011 academic year is no exception. According to College Board, who recently released their Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid, the average cost of tuition and fees at four-year public schools rose 7.9% while the average rate at private colleges and ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +40
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    Get Paid to Stay In State? Students Speak Out

    We asked FastWeb members whether they would consider staying in their home state after graduation if it meant they wouldn't have to pay back their student loans and here's what they had to say: "I definitely would stay in my home state for loan forgiveness. I have personally already been a college graduate for a year and see this as ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Summer Melt: The Financial Aid Secret that Can Earn You Big Bucks

    Summer Melt: The Financial Aid Secret that Can Earn You Big Bucks
    Summertime is upon us, and you know what that means: sunshine, sandy beaches and…increasing financial aid packages? Ok, so summer and more money for college don’t exactly go hand in hand, but who’s complaining? Certainly not students. There is a little known secret in the world of college admissions and financial aid, and it’s referred to by professionals as “summer melt.” ...
    Published 3 months ago | Rated: +281
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    Understand Your Student Aid Report

    If you've never set eyes on a Student Aid Report (SAR) before, it can be a dizzying experience. What do all those acronyms and numbers mean? It all looks so official and important. If you've recently submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) you can expect to receive a SAR in return. And while the SAR is long on ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Evaluating Financial Aid Consultants

    Without a doubt, figuring out how to pay for college can be a pretty stressful experience. You might be considering a financial aid consultant to help you through the college cost maze. Financial aid consultants provide advice and services to make the financial aid process a little easier. But before you choose a consultant, there are some things you should consider. ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +8
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    What to Do If Your Financial Aid Is Not Enough

    You want to go to college, but you can't meet the costs. According to financial aid expert Gary Williams, all may not be lost: After all of the work it takes to be successful in high school and gain admission to college, it can be extremely disappointing if your family cannot afford tuition. To avoid this situation, take a few basic ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

    Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015
    Not sure when your financial aid applications are due? Deadlines can vary by state, but the Federal Aid deadline is the same for everyone: June 30, 2015. Need your state's deadline? Don't worry! We've got you covered with a complete list of financial aid deadlines, state-by-state, for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before you check out the list, read the important information ...
    Published 6 months ago | Rated: +53
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    Avoiding the Average...

    Avoiding the Average...
    ...When It Comes to Your Student Debt So, what’s the deal with debt these days? Well, a lot actually. And, unfortunately, it’s not good news. According to a recent report released by the Institute for College Access & Success’ Project on Student Debt, which also appeared on CNNMoney, the average debt for a student in the class of 2012 was $29,400. ...
    Published 8 months ago | Rated: +19
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    Why Should I Complete the FAFSA?

    Why Should I Complete the FAFSA?
    Let’s start with a little bit about what the FAFSA actually is. FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: it determines a student's eligibility for need-based federal financial aid for college, which may include grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. If eligible, it can really help you pay for school! The FAFSA for the 2014-2015 academic year is now ...
    Published 7 months ago | Rated: +27
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    Impact of a Gift Trust Account on Eligibility for Need-Based Financial Aid

    My daughter turned 18 recently, and received a $25,000 mutual fund statement with her name on it. Her aunt had put $10,000 away in 1995 in a gift trust account for a minor. This was a mutual fund account in which the interest was reinvested each year and therefore no IRS interest statements were generated. We were unaware that her aunt ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +7
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    How to Minimize the Impact of a Student's Brokerage Account on Financial Aid

    We have an UTMA mutual fund for our son who is a senior in high school (17 years old). It is approximately $19,000 and was intended to help pay for college costs. When we opened it we weren't aware of the impact it could have on financial aid. I realize it's too late to fix anything for his freshman year next ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +4
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    How Can One Shelter Parent Assets on the FAFSA?

    My daughter is going to college next year. We have to file the FAFSA in January. We have money in our savings account that we saved for emergency reasons and some for my daughter's college. Will this affect her chance in getting grants or loans? What should we do? — G.N. Money in a savings account counts as an asset on ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +3
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    Should Wealthy Parents Cut Family Income Tenfold to Help their Children Qualify for Need-Based Student Financial Aid?

    My wife and I make about $150,000 in combined income. We have probably $350,000 in home equity, $100,000 in rental property equity and $500,000 in retirement accounts. We have three kids in college and a fourth starting in the fall a year from now. We hope to quit our jobs at some point and move to Nicaragua (or another Central American ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Tuition Saving Tips

    Tuition Saving Tips
    Oh, tuition. Some consider it a nasty word and rightfully so. It’s expensive and can hang over a student’s head throughout college and for years to come. But there are ways to save on tuition – you just need to become savvy about it. It takes time and effort, but when you’re talking about that much money, it’s more than likely ...
    Published 5 months ago | Rated: +24
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    "Free Money" & Taxes

    "Free Money" & Taxes
    Do you know the difference between a scholarships, grant and fellowship? Are you aware of the tax statuses of scholarships, grant and fellowship funding? It’s important to know the differences between the types of award funding, along with any government regulations applied to student award funds. Luckily, the majority of scholarships, fellowships and grants have built-in stipulations that require the funds ...
    Published 11 months ago | Rated: +25
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    Year-End Financial Aid Moves

    As the year draws to a close, there are several steps families can take to get more need-based and merit-based financial aid. Prepay Next Year's Tuition Taxpayers can claim one of two education tax credits based on amounts paid for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition and fees. These are the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and the Lifetime Learning ...
    Published over 1 year ago | Rated: +7
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    The Best Schools for Financial Aid

    The Best Schools for Financial Aid
    You know that most schools offer financial aid assistance to students who need it, but have you ever wondered if some colleges offer more than others? Some do. These schools prove that it is possible to make educational funding readily available to their students. Here are the country’s top ten colleges for students looking for financial aid, according to The Princeton ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +22
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    Is There Any Way to Shelter Retirement Plan Distributions on the FAFSA?

    My question is simple: is there a way to withdraw money from my 401(K), at age 59 1/2, that will not be counted as income for FAFSA purposes? Although I receive an annual pension of $34,500, I fall short by about $20,000 to meet my annual expenses. Should I withdraw what I need for next year this year, so it doesn't ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +5
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