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Why Do Some Merit-Based Scholarships Require the FAFSA?

Why Do Some Merit-Based Scholarships Require the FAFSA?

Most colleges require students to apply for need-based aid for merit-based aid. Why?

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017
Reporting Prepaid Tuition Plans and 529 Plans on the FAFSA for Independent Students

Reporting Prepaid Tuition Plans and 529 Plans on the FAFSA for Independent Students

I'm confused as to how to treat a prepaid tuition plan when applying for financial aid. I'm an independent student but I have a small prepaid tuition account which is held ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017
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
Treatment of Grandparent Assets Held by a Parent on the FAFSA

Treatment of Grandparent Assets Held by a Parent on the FAFSA

Find out how grandparent assets can help and hurt.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 23, 2017
Questions about retirement plan contributions and help for a student whose brother has cancer

Questions about retirement plan contributions and help for a student whose brother has cancer

We are a family of 4 with gross income of about $58,000. With IRA and 401(k) contributions and pretax health care deductions our AGI is about $47,000. Would it benefit us ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 23, 2017
When Grandma Moves In, Does It Help or Hurt Financial Aid Eligibility?

When Grandma Moves In, Does It Help or Hurt Financial Aid Eligibility?

Grandma is moving in with her Social Security check. Does this help or hurt my FAFSA results? Does her Social Security check count towards my parents' income on the FAFSA? — ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 23, 2017
Do Outstanding Loans Affect Eligibility for Financial Aid?

Do Outstanding Loans Affect Eligibility for Financial Aid?

How do outstanding loans affect future financial aid awards for my children? Is there any advantage to trying to pay them back early (other than less interest)? Are they counted towards ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 23, 2017
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

There's one very important celebration that takes place all month long that you may have overlooked...Financial Aid Awareness Month!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published August 22, 2017
What Counts as Child Support on the FAFSA?

What Counts as Child Support on the FAFSA?

Answers to questions about child support on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
Questions about Net Assets and Changes in Marital Status

Questions about Net Assets and Changes in Marital Status

Remarried? Find out what that means for the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
Is the Non-Custodial Parent a Parent for Federal Student Aid Purposes?

Is the Non-Custodial Parent a Parent for Federal Student Aid Purposes?

I am divorced and the custodial parent of two children who live with me. Both kids have Coverdell Education Savings Accounts. My soon-to-be college student daughter's Coverdell lists her father (my ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
Options for a Student Whose Parents Refuse to Complete the FAFSA

Options for a Student Whose Parents Refuse to Complete the FAFSA

I have been financially independent from my parents since I was 19. I'm 23 now. I've been working two jobs and taking 12 hours in school. My school says that I ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
Short Answers to A Few Common FAFSA Questions

Short Answers to A Few Common FAFSA Questions

Expert answers to questions about the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
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
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
How can a student on academic probation pay for college with no aid?

How can a student on academic probation pay for college with no aid?

My son has brain damage along with seizures and a reading learning disability. With all the doctors appointments, hospital stays and seizures he is on academic probation this semester. So that ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 21, 2017
Clearing Up Confusion. What are Parents Responsible for on FAFSA?

Clearing Up Confusion. What are Parents Responsible for on FAFSA?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about which parent is responsible for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so I'm answering a few more questions on ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 21, 2017
Questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Expert advice on how to handle tough FAFSA questions.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 18, 2017
Financial Aid without Filing the FAFSA?

Financial Aid without Filing the FAFSA?

I tried to apply for federal student aid last year, and was told that I needed to include my parents tax information to receive aid. I've been living on my own ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 18, 2017
Pay Down Mortgage or Contribute to Son's 529?

Pay Down Mortgage or Contribute to Son's 529?

I just sold my house and moved in with my new husband. We have three children between us (two are his) and are looking for a bigger house. Would it make ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 18, 2017