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Should I Claim Scholarships & Other Awards on My Taxes?

Should I Claim Scholarships & Other Awards on My Taxes?

Your scholarship may be taxable - discover how to report your scholarships on your taxes.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 8, 2017
Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

Are you considered an independent student? Find out.

By The Fastweb Team
Published December 8, 2017
Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expert answers on income and financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published December 8, 2017
Students Lose Financial Aid for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students Lose Financial Aid for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress

Find out why getting Cs and Ds could lead to a loss of financial aid.

By The Fastweb Team
Published December 8, 2017
Department of Education Unveils Plans for FAFSA App

Department of Education Unveils Plans for FAFSA App

The FAFSA mobile app is set to launch in April 2018.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published December 6, 2017
Trump on Student Loans and Financial Aid: Where Does He Stand Now?

Trump on Student Loans and Financial Aid: Where Does He Stand Now?

The Trump administration has multiple proposals for higher education spending.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published November 16, 2017
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 November 8, 2017
FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage

FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage

The changes to FAFSA are considered a step forward for the LGBTQ community.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 29, 2017
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 September 29, 2017
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 September 29, 2017
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 September 29, 2017
Quick Answers to Common Questions about Financial Aid

Quick Answers to Common Questions about Financial Aid

Expert financial aid advice for your most pressing questions.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 29, 2017
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 September 29, 2017
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 September 28, 2017
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 September 28, 2017
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 September 27, 2017
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 September 27, 2017
Does Parental Support Affect Independent Student Status?

Does Parental Support Affect Independent Student Status?

A student who has one or more dependent children that she supports is considered independent on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 27, 2017
Why is Parental Information Required on the FAFSA for a Self-Sufficient Student?

Why is Parental Information Required on the FAFSA for a Self-Sufficient Student?

Find out what makes an "independent" student an independent student.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 26, 2017
Confusion about Reporting Custodial 529 College Savings Plan Accounts on the FAFSA

Confusion about Reporting Custodial 529 College Savings Plan Accounts on the FAFSA

My daughter is a freshman (in college) and lives more than 50% of the time with her mother who is the custodial parent. Her mom and I have been divorced for ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 26, 2017