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Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

Loans 101: the Basics of Borrowing

Get the basics on borrowing loans.

Original Content by Mike Pugh, Updated by The Fastweb Team
Published May 9, 2017
How does job loss affect federal student financial aid?

How does job loss affect federal student financial aid?

When I turned in my FAFSA my parents were making a lot more money than they are now. Both my parents were working full time, but now my mom is the ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 25, 2009
Research Grants for Grad Students

Research Grants for Grad Students

Your research can go a long way with the help of research grants.

By Kathleen Carmichael, Ph.D., and Kay Peterson, Ph.D.
Published April 21, 2009
Employer Tuition Assistance Programs

Employer Tuition Assistance Programs

Considering going back to school, but aren't quite sure how you're going to pay for it all? The solution may be closer than you think. Many employers now sponsor tuition assistance ...

By Kathleen Carmichael, Ph.D.
Published June 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
Why Should I Complete the FAFSA?

Why Should I Complete the FAFSA?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; translation: free government money to help you pay for school!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 5, 2017
Does Filing a FAFSA Obligate You in Any Way? Are Parents Responsible for Repaying a Child's Student Loans?

Does Filing a FAFSA Obligate You in Any Way? Are Parents Responsible for Repaying a Child's Student Loans?

I have a question about filling out a FAFSA form for my child. If we fill out the form and my child is granted a loan for college, will the parents ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
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
Borrowing for College: How Much is Too Much?

Borrowing for College: How Much is Too Much?

Beware of borrowing too much in student loans.

Original Content by Sandra Guy, Updated by The Fastweb Team
Published May 17, 2017
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
Financial Aid for Female Students

Financial Aid for Female Students

Check out financial aid opportunities that are exclusive to females.

Fastweb Staff
Published February 21, 2017
Making Sense of Your EFC

Making Sense of Your EFC

Learn about how your EFC is calculated and what comes after.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published August 31, 2017
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding

The stimulus package increases federal student aid funding

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 21, 2009
Are There Any Loan Forgiveness Programs for Social Workers, Teachers and Other Public Service Jobs?

Are There Any Loan Forgiveness Programs for Social Workers, Teachers and Other Public Service Jobs?

Are you familiar with any programs that could assist a low-income social worker who has used up his hardship deferments? Any assistance would be appreciated. I'm in a low-paying county, being ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 13, 2011
What's the FAFSA? And Why You Should Care

What's the FAFSA? And Why You Should Care

Completing the FAFSA will help you earn federal financial aid.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 17, 2017
Can You Appeal for More Student Financial Aid in the Middle of the Academic Year?

Can You Appeal for More Student Financial Aid in the Middle of the Academic Year?

My husband lost his job recently. My oldest son did not qualify for student aid for college this year except for federal loans. Is there any way my son could now ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017
How to Qualify for a PLUS Loan Despite an Adverse Credit History

How to Qualify for a PLUS Loan Despite an Adverse Credit History

I'm currently an MBA student who has a VERY adverse credit history. Part of which includes a defaulted Federal Loan. I'm halfway through my first year of business school and find ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 15, 2013
Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Don't let finances inhibit you from studying abroad.

By Roxana Hadad
Published April 21, 2009
Best Strategies for Paying off Debt Quicker

Best Strategies for Paying off Debt Quicker

Suppose you've made the required payments on all your loans and want to use some extra money to pay off your debt quicker. How do you choose which loan to pay ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 11, 2010
Paying the College Directly to Avoid Gift Taxes

Paying the College Directly to Avoid Gift Taxes

Find out how it works.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 11, 2017