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Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 4.4% to $221,190

Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 4.4% to $221,190

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that middle-income two-parent families will spend $221,190 in 2008 dollars to raise a child born in 2008 from birth to high school graduation. The cost ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 25, 2009
Year-End Financial Aid Moves

Year-End Financial Aid Moves

Steps families can take to get more need-based and merit-based financial aid.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 22, 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
Are You Really Paying More for College?

Are You Really Paying More for College?

For years, the college cost inflation rate has been steadily rising by roughly 7% each year. The 2010-2011 academic year is no exception. According to College Board, who recently released their ...

By Kathryn Knight
Published November 12, 2010
Should a Family Sell Student-Owned Stocks to Get More Financial Aid?

Should a Family Sell Student-Owned Stocks to Get More Financial Aid?

I have two daughters. One is a junior in college. The other is a senior in high school who will be going to college this fall. They both have stocks given ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
Survey Says: Families Perceive College Costs as Increasing by 17% Compared with Last Year

Survey Says: Families Perceive College Costs as Increasing by 17% Compared with Last Year

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. Sallie Mae and Gallup just released the results of their third annual survey of how American families ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 9, 2010
What Documentation can a College Financial Aid Administrator Request?

What Documentation can a College Financial Aid Administrator Request?

Federal law and regulations grant college financial aid administrators the authority to request documentation from financial aid applicants.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 14, 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
New Husband Refuses to Help with College Costs

New Husband Refuses to Help with College Costs

I have been a single mother raising twin daughters pretty much all their life but recently (2 years ago) remarried a fairly successful man who has from day one said he ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017
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
Student Debt Guide: Credit Scores

Student Debt Guide: Credit Scores

What's a credit score and why should you care?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 8, 2013
Which Student Loans are the Best Ones to Borrow?

Which Student Loans are the Best Ones to Borrow?

Advice on federal and private student loans.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 11, 2012
Department of Education Launches New Income-Based Repayment Plan

Department of Education Launches New Income-Based Repayment Plan

Learn more about the new income-based repayment plan, REPAYE.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published November 12, 2015
Combat Pay and Other Untaxed Income

Combat Pay and Other Untaxed Income

Find out what's taxable and untaxable income.

Published April 21, 2009
Must the Student's Child Live with the Student for the Student to be Independent?

Must the Student's Child Live with the Student for the Student to be Independent?

Independency status and child support on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 12, 2017
Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Discover financial aid opportunities for students with disabilities.

The Fastweb Team
Published August 14, 2015
Should Students and Parents Who are Close to Retirement Borrow to Pay for College?

Should Students and Parents Who are Close to Retirement Borrow to Pay for College?

I am 47 and recently divorced single parent of two children, ages 7 and 8. I spent the last 9 years as a stay-at-home parent. As a result of the divorce, ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 16, 2012
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
Vietnam Era Veteran Needs Help Paying for Graduate School

Vietnam Era Veteran Needs Help Paying for Graduate School

Advice for older veterans returning to college.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published July 2, 2012
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