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Guide to Financial Aid Award Letters

Guide to Financial Aid Award Letters

Understand your financial aid award letter.

The Fastweb Team
Published May 3, 2017
How a Decrease in College Endowments Will Impact Your Child's College

How a Decrease in College Endowments Will Impact Your Child's College

Over the last decade, colleges enjoyed double-digit increases in their endowments. A college’s endowment is not only a sign of an institution’s financial strength, but it also allows the institution to ...

By Rod Bugarin, former admissions & financial aid officer, Brown and Columbia University, ApplyWise.com
Published March 10, 2009
How to Report Stocks on the FAFSA

How to Report Stocks on the FAFSA

I am a single mom and my son will be entering his freshman year in college this fall. The FAFSA application asks for the gross income from last year's tax return. ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
Do Twins Get More Aid? If a Student Gets Married, Does the Financial Aid Change?

Do Twins Get More Aid? If a Student Gets Married, Does the Financial Aid Change?

My boyfriend and I are afraid that if we marry my annual gross income ($47,000) will prevent him from getting federal grants and loans for college. He has no income at ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 25, 2017
Top College Cost Drivers

Top College Cost Drivers

The United States is home to the world’s most expensive higher education system. So says the College Board, an educational testing and services group. That probably doesn’t surprise you, especially if ...

By Jennifer LeClaire
Published June 5, 2007
Five Surprising Financial Aid Facts

Five Surprising Financial Aid Facts

Think you know financial aid? These five facts might surprise you. 1. Most students receive financial aid. If you’re not going to bother applying for scholarships because you think no one ...

By Bridget Kulla
Published September 4, 2008
How do retirement funds affect student aid eligibility?

How do retirement funds affect student aid eligibility?

How do parent contributions to 401(k) or IRA retirement plans affect financial aid eligibility? — Stephen C. The federal need analysis methodology considers both income (taxable and untaxed) and assets that ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 6, 2009
Emergency Dental Care for an International Student; Reporting a New Spouse's Income and Assets on the FAFSA

Emergency Dental Care for an International Student; Reporting a New Spouse's Income and Assets on the FAFSA

I am not a US citizen. I came to the United States a month ago to begin graduate school. Unfortunately I got a severe toothache a week ago. As a teaching ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
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 May 17, 2017
Quick Tips for Filing Your FAFSA

Quick Tips for Filing Your FAFSA

Filling out the FAFSA can be tricky. Keep these tips in mind and you shouldn't have any problems. Identify Yourself • Use your legal name as it appears on your Social ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 17, 2017
College Choices in a Down Economy

College Choices in a Down Economy

Fastweb partnered with Maguire Associates, a firm that specializes in market research, analysis and predictive modeling for colleges and universities, to evaluate the impact of the economy on college choices by ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 7, 2009
What to Do If Your Financial Aid Is Not Enough

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 ...

By Gary Williams
Published September 5, 2008
Secrets to Settling Defaulted Federal Student Loan Debts for Less than What You Owe

Secrets to Settling Defaulted Federal Student Loan Debts for Less than What You Owe

Your federal student loans are in default and collection agencies are calling you dozens of times a day. They are threatening to garnish your wages, offset your income tax refunds and ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 30, 2010
When should you apply for scholarships and financial aid?

When should you apply for scholarships and financial aid?

My son will be applying to colleges this fall since he is a high school senior. Should he wait until he is accepted into a college before applying for scholarships? — ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 13, 2009
If the Financial Aid Package Does Not Fit, A Request for More Aid You Should Submit

If the Financial Aid Package Does Not Fit, A Request for More Aid You Should Submit

I'm 16 years old and I'm the valedictorian of my senior graduating class in New York City. This year was a very difficult one finding the right college to go; fortunately ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published July 5, 2010
Ask the Expert: Why Not Borrow from My 401(k) for My Daughter's College Tuition?

Ask the Expert: Why Not Borrow from My 401(k) for My Daughter's College Tuition?

Why borrowing tuition money from your 401(k) is a bad idea.

By Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 21, 2009
Is tuition refund insurance worthwhile?

Is tuition refund insurance worthwhile?

College is a big investment, as expensive as buying an automobile or a house. You insure your car and your home, why not insure your child's college education? Tuition refund insurance ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published July 31, 2009
Answers to Common FAFSA Questions about FSA IDs and Household Size

Answers to Common FAFSA Questions about FSA IDs and Household Size

Get the FAQs on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
Tax Breaks for Student Loans

Tax Breaks for Student Loans

Good news! The interest you pay on your student loan might let you pay less on your taxes. Thanks to the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, tax time will be a ...

By Roxana Hadad
Published September 5, 2007
Choosing an Education Loan

Choosing an Education Loan

The cost of an education loan is usually the most important criterion.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 23, 2010