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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
How will a Parent's Financial Troubles Affect the Student's Eligibility for Student Loans?

How will a Parent's Financial Troubles Affect the Student's Eligibility for Student Loans?

My 17-year-old daughter is eager to begin college. We have some difficult financial situations to contend with and could use your advice and direction. Her dad and I are divorced. I ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 7, 2012
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 March 31, 2017
Money Saving Advice for College Students

Money Saving Advice for College Students

Students often overlook opportunities to save - don't allow yourself to be one of them!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 15, 2017
College Just Got Cheaper: Federal Loan Interest Rates Drop

College Just Got Cheaper: Federal Loan Interest Rates Drop

Good news for students: federal student loan rates decrease.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published May 21, 2015
Top Ten Myths About Scholarships

Top Ten Myths About Scholarships

There are many myths about who wins private scholarships and the benefits of winning scholarships. These myths can be harmful if they give students and their families unrealistic expectations about their ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 2, 2011
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
The Best Schools for Financial Aid

The Best Schools for Financial Aid

These schools prove that it is possible to make educational funding readily available to their students.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 8, 2013
7 Resources for Returning Students Paying for College

7 Resources for Returning Students Paying for College

Find financial aid and scholarships for returning adult students.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published August 22, 2014
How to Read the New Financial Aid Award Letter

How to Read the New Financial Aid Award Letter

Colleges and universities are making changes to financial aid award letters.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published March 28, 2016
Pros and Cons of Using Retirement Funds to Pay for College Costs

Pros and Cons of Using Retirement Funds to Pay for College Costs

Why should one NOT use retirement funds to pay for a child's college costs? — Diane H. There are two main reasons why families shouldn't use retirement plan funds to pay ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Low Income, Wealthy Students Compete for Aid Amidst Rising College Costs

Low Income, Wealthy Students Compete for Aid Amidst Rising College Costs

The financial aid gap keeps widening between low income and wealthy students -- why?

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published March 28, 2016
Can a Student Receive Both Need-Based Grants and Merit-Based Scholarships?

Can a Student Receive Both Need-Based Grants and Merit-Based Scholarships?

If a child does receive FAFSA can they still receive scholarships and grants? — Y.P. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for need-based financial aid ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 14, 2012
Have You Considered Consolidating?

Have You Considered Consolidating?

Keeping track of all your student loans can be confusing - is consolidation the answer?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 10, 2017
Free Money for College Savings

Free Money for College Savings

There are a variety of national, state and local programs that encourage families to save for college by providing families with free money. There are two main types of such programs: ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 4, 2011
Is There Any Way to Shelter Retirement Plan Distributions on the FAFSA?

Is There Any Way to Shelter Retirement Plan Distributions on the FAFSA?

Retiremend plans and distributions on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 6, 2017
Can the FAFSA be Completed with Information from the Previous Year's Tax Returns?

Can the FAFSA be Completed with Information from the Previous Year's Tax Returns?

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. My daughter got accepted to her first-choice school, a private university, as an early-decision candidate. The school ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 7, 2013
Timing of an Appeal for More Aid and Appealing the Asset Value of Unsold Real Estate

Timing of an Appeal for More Aid and Appealing the Asset Value of Unsold Real Estate

How soon after filing the FAFSA can I request a professional judgement review (without seeming overanxious)? We tried to sell our previous home last year without success. The home is vacant ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Can a Parent Count a Child in Household Size and Also Report Amounts Paid in Child Support on the FAFSA?

Can a Parent Count a Child in Household Size and Also Report Amounts Paid in Child Support on the FAFSA?

I am the custodial parent for my son and college-bound daughter. It seems like the form assumes that only non-custodial parents pay child support! However, I still pay their mother child ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 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