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7 Things Students Should Know about Student Loans

7 Things Students Should Know about Student Loans

Figure out student loans before signing on the dotted line.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published July 16, 2018
Make Smarter Student Loan Decisions

Make Smarter Student Loan Decisions

Remember, loans are not free money!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 16, 2018
Pay Off Student Loan Debt on New Game Show, “Paid Off”

Pay Off Student Loan Debt on New Game Show, “Paid Off”

Contestants answer trivia questions in quest to eliminate student loans.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published July 10, 2018
Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

Get the basics on borrowing loans.

Original Content by Mike Pugh, Updated by The Fastweb Team
Published July 9, 2018
Top 10 Colleges with the Best Financial Aid

Top 10 Colleges with the Best Financial Aid

These schools are known for their financial generosity.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published July 5, 2018
Interest Rates on Federal Student Loans Headed Up Again in 2018

Interest Rates on Federal Student Loans Headed Up Again in 2018

Many students and parents don’t realize that students aren’t guaranteed the same rate on federal student loans each year they’re enrolled in school. Photo credit: Shutterstock.com.

By Matt Carter, Credible.com
Published June 21, 2018
Borrowing for College: How Much is Too Much?

Borrowing for College: How Much is Too Much?

Beware of borrowing too much in student loans.

Original Content by Sandra Guy, Updated by The Fastweb Team
Published June 18, 2018
Walmart Provides $1 Per Day Tuition Benefit to Employees

Walmart Provides $1 Per Day Tuition Benefit to Employees

New tuition benefit available to part-time, full-time and salaried employees.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published June 11, 2018
How the Average Joe Can Pay for School

How the Average Joe Can Pay for School

Don't be a confused college student.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published June 6, 2018
When must a Non-Custodial Parent Count a Child in Household Size?

When must a Non-Custodial Parent Count a Child in Household Size?

Counting the child support paid and counting the supported children in household size is an either-or situation on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
How Does a Pending Foreclosure or Short Sale Affect Financial Aid?

How Does a Pending Foreclosure or Short Sale Affect Financial Aid?

Need analysis formulas use a snapshot approach to evaluating assets.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
Does Cash from the Sale of the Family Home Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Does Cash from the Sale of the Family Home Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Cash on hand must be reported as an asset on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
Why Does a Parent Qualify for More Financial Aid than Her Dependent Student Child When Both are in College?

Why Does a Parent Qualify for More Financial Aid than Her Dependent Student Child When Both are in College?

Parents vs. children and financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
How is a Life Estate Treated on the FAFSA? Do the Restrictions Matter?

How is a Life Estate Treated on the FAFSA? Do the Restrictions Matter?

Everything you need to know about life estates on the FASFA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
Does Dependency Status on Income Tax Returns Affect Financial Aid Eligibility?

Does Dependency Status on Income Tax Returns Affect Financial Aid Eligibility?

Dependency status on federal income tax returns and on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
What Happens When Retirement Money isn't in a Qualified Retirement Plan?

What Happens When Retirement Money isn't in a Qualified Retirement Plan?

Questions about retirement answered.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
Does Adoption Affect an Orphan's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

Does Adoption Affect an Orphan's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

I am trying to advise two students whose mother died four years ago and their father died last week, unfortunately. The girls' grandmother is now taking care of them (a 9th ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 30, 2018
Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Looking for a bailout? Good news! The only catch is you'll have to do some good...

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 29, 2018
Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Soon

Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Soon

Filling out the FAFSA early has its benefits.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published May 25, 2018
The Beginner’s Guide to Financial Aid

The Beginner’s Guide to Financial Aid

Get the most out of your financial aid application by knowing more about how the process works.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published May 25, 2018

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7 Things Students Should Know about Student Loans

7 Things Students Should Know about Student Loans

Figure out student loans before signing on the dotted line.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published July 16, 2018
Make Smarter Student Loan Decisions

Make Smarter Student Loan Decisions

Remember, loans are not free money!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 16, 2018
Pay Off Student Loan Debt on New Game Show, “Paid Off”

Pay Off Student Loan Debt on New Game Show, “Paid Off”

Contestants answer trivia questions in quest to eliminate student loans.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published July 10, 2018