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Reporting of Untaxed Social Security Benefits on the FAFSA and the Impact of IRS Filing Extensions on FAFSA Verification

Reporting of Untaxed Social Security Benefits on the FAFSA and the Impact of IRS Filing Extensions on FAFSA Verification

I am a college student with a severe congenital physical disability. If I apply for and am granted SSI benefits, will receiving these benefits cause my family's EFC to increase? I ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017
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?

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. Several universities that we have visited have stressed the importance of getting you FAFSA completed in January. ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 10, 2011
Does Applying for Financial Aid Affect Your Chances of Admission?

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 ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
Four Secret Tuition Savers

Four Secret Tuition Savers

Learn how you can attend your top choice without paying top dollar.

By Christina Couch
Published April 21, 2009
The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt

The Horrors of Defaulting on Education Debt

The harsh reality of defaulting on student laons.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 28, 2015
Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expert answers on income and financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published June 26, 2017
Are "Dual Enrollment" Students Considered College Students on the FAFSA?

Are "Dual Enrollment" Students Considered College Students on the FAFSA?

Currently one son is a junior in a 4-year college. The next one is a high school senior and will attend the same 4-year college in the fall. Last, I have ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

My twin daughters will be entering college in the fall. We have saved for their college education over the last 17 years. Presently the savings are held in two accounts each: ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
How to Include Yourself on Your Teen's FAFSA if You're Enrolled Too

How to Include Yourself on Your Teen's FAFSA if You're Enrolled Too

How should a FAFSA be filled out if I have two children going to college and I am enrolling in a graduate program? When it asks how many are attending college ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 1, 2010
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding

The stimulus package increases federal student aid funding

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 21, 2009
How are Trust Funds Reported on the FAFSA?

How are Trust Funds Reported on the FAFSA?

Each of my parents left me a trust. From each trust I am entitled to the interest income and $5,000 annually. The remainder of the principal stays in the trusts until ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017
Student Tips: Financial Aid

Student Tips: Financial Aid

Make sure money is flowing into your savings and not out, with this advice.

Published April 21, 2009
Choose a Cheaper In-State Public College to Cut College Costs

Choose a Cheaper In-State Public College to Cut College Costs

I am a 17-year-old high school senior applying to colleges. I wish to apply to certain private institutions where the tuition is over 45K. I am doing my best applying for ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 6, 2010
Will Delaying a Bankruptcy Filing Affect Eligibility for Student Aid?

Will Delaying a Bankruptcy Filing Affect Eligibility for Student Aid?

My son is a senior in high school this year. I might have to file for bankruptcy. Should I file this year or wait until next year to file? — Rich ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 15, 2010
Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments

Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments

If you're struggling to make your monthly student loan payments on your measly first-job salary, you're not alone. The good news is, the government is taking notice -- and changing the ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 26, 2009
How Does Income Tax Filing Status Affect Student Aid?

How Does Income Tax Filing Status Affect Student Aid?

My married parents want to file their income tax returns as married filing separately. If the parent with the lower income claims me as a dependent, does that mean that I ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 22, 2010
Get Paid to Stay In State? Students Speak Out

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 ...

By Contributing Fastweb student members
Published June 5, 2007
Hidden College Costs

Hidden College Costs

You've calculated tuition costs, figured in room, board and books. You've even checked out scholarships and grants, filled out the FAFSA and budgeted for day-to-day expenses like groceries and laundry money. ...

By Kathleen Carmichael, Ph.D.
Published June 5, 2009
Answers to Introductory Questions about Financial Aid for College

Answers to Introductory Questions about Financial Aid for College

Get the answers to the financial aid basics.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
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?

Find out if there are financial aid opportunities for students whose parents can't pay for college.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 14, 2010