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Will Refusing Loans Increase College Grants in the Financial Aid Package?

Will Refusing Loans Increase College Grants in the Financial Aid Package?

Beware of saying "no" to student loans.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017
Should Borrowers Pay Off Old Student Loans to Qualify for the New 10% Version of Income-Based Repayment?

Should Borrowers Pay Off Old Student Loans to Qualify for the New 10% Version of Income-Based Repayment?

I want to qualify for the "pay as you earn plan" 10% income-based repayment plan. I have $80,000 in Direct Loans from 2010-2012. I have a balance of $2,800 on an ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 5, 2011
What Do You Do When Income or an Asset Isn't Really Your Money?

What Do You Do When Income or an Asset Isn't Really Your Money?

I am a disabled parent who hasn't worked since 2007. I am currently on long term disability and have been ruled disabled by the Social Security Administration. My child is heading ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 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Heads up: This article is out of date!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
Ask for a Professional Judgment Review for One-Time Events

Ask for a Professional Judgment Review for One-Time Events

In our base year, my spouse will have a one-time job that will significantly raise our income for one year only. We have significant credit card debt and no savings for ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 0.5% to $222,360

Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 0.5% to $222,360

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that middle-income two-parent families will spend $222,360 in 2009 dollars to raise a child born in 2009 from birth to high school graduation. The cost ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 28, 2010
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
Is a Student Who is Enrolled Simultaneously in High School and College Eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid?

Is a Student Who is Enrolled Simultaneously in High School and College Eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid?

My 16-year-old son has passed an ability-to-benefit (ATB) test at a community college. He has been accepted has a regular student in a qualifying program but has not graduated from high ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 2, 2011
How to Pay Off $23K in Student Loans in 10 Months

How to Pay Off $23K in Student Loans in 10 Months

Find out how one recent college grad paid of all of his student loan debt in 10 months.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published January 28, 2016
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
Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Early

Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Early

Filling out the FAFSA early has its benefits.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published January 3, 2017
How Accurate are the Net Price Figures from Colleges and College Navigator?

How Accurate are the Net Price Figures from Colleges and College Navigator?

How believeable and reliable are the net price values quoted on the College Navigator web site? My granddaughter is interested in two public universities, one in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 17, 2011
Finding Funding on Campus

Finding Funding on Campus

Avoiding the topic of financial aid only makes it that much worse in the long run!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 7, 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
7 Things High School Students Should Know about Student Loans

7 Things High School Students Should Know about Student Loans

Figure out student loans before signing on the dotted line.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published May 16, 2017
Does the Cash from a Cash-Out Refinance Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Does the Cash from a Cash-Out Refinance Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Money in a bank or brokerage account counts as an asset on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 22, 2017
10 Best Colleges for Work Study Jobs and Aid

10 Best Colleges for Work Study Jobs and Aid

Does your college choice offer the most work study aid?

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published October 8, 2014
The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Find out how to discuss the elephant in the room when it comes to paying for college.

By The About U Team
Published September 2, 2009
Can a Stepdaughter be Counted in the Household If She Lives with the Other Parent?

Can a Stepdaughter be Counted in the Household If She Lives with the Other Parent?

My stepdaughter used my husband's tax return to file her FAFSA because her mother had said that his taxes needed to be used because he claims her on his income tax ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
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