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Can a Student Receive Both Need-Based Grants and Merit-Based Scholarships?

Can a Student Receive Both Need-Based Grants and Merit-Based Scholarships?

If a child does receive FAFSA can they still receive scholarships and grants? — Y.P. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for need-based financial aid ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 14, 2012
Limit Total Student Loan Debt to Less Than $10,000 per Year to Avoid Overborrowing

Limit Total Student Loan Debt to Less Than $10,000 per Year to Avoid Overborrowing

I have twin daughters going to college in the fall. The annual tab (for both girls) after scholarships will be $58,000 in loans per year for four years. We have saved ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 14, 2010
How Do Parent Financial Problems Affect a Student's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

How Do Parent Financial Problems Affect a Student's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

We the parents screwed up financially and had to file for bankruptcy and are in a Chapter 13 repayment program. The FAFSA thinks according to their estimator that we can afford ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 13, 2010
"Free" Money & Taxes

"Free" Money & Taxes

It’s important to know the differences between the types of award funding, along with any government regulations applied to student award funds.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 24, 2018
Guide to Student Loans

Guide to Student Loans

An all-encompassing guide to student loans.

By Elisa Kronish
Published April 28, 2016
Impact of Tax Filing Status on Income-Based Repayment for Married Borrowers

Impact of Tax Filing Status on Income-Based Repayment for Married Borrowers

We married in January of last year, after my husband graduated with a Master's degree in December. His loans total $65,000 and he earned $20,000 last year. I graduated in May ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 19, 2012
How to Pay for Grad School

How to Pay for Grad School

Earning a graduate degree can be a smart idea, but how do you find the funding to pay for an expensive advanced degree? There are ways to earn a graduate degree ...

By Bridget Kulla
Published September 4, 2008
How to Deal with a Defaulted But Paid-Off Student Loan that Reappears

How to Deal with a Defaulted But Paid-Off Student Loan that Reappears

Years ago, I went to a two-year school and obtained my Associate's degree. I defaulted on the loan. However, my taxes were taken years later (twice) to take care of the ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 5, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama's FAFSA Completion Challenge

First Lady Michelle Obama's FAFSA Completion Challenge

In addition to encouraging students to complete the FAFSA, the First Lady could send your school a special video message or speak at your commencement ceremony!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published December 10, 2014
3 Ways to Pay Off Big Student Loans Faster

3 Ways to Pay Off Big Student Loans Faster

Get rid of your student loan debt with these tips.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published May 15, 2017
When is Real Estate Reported as a Business Asset on the FAFSA?

When is Real Estate Reported as a Business Asset on the FAFSA?

There are two ways in which real estate can be reported as an asset on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 7, 2017
What Do You Do If Your Application for a FSA ID is Rejected?

What Do You Do If Your Application for a FSA ID is Rejected?

Expert financial aid answers to all of your questions.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017
Questions about Income and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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

My husband earns about $125,000 in salary and I am a stay at home mom. My husband just changed jobs and got his deferred salary and his retirement from 25 years ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 9, 2009
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
That Free Financial Aid Seminar May be Just a Worthless Sales Pitch

That Free Financial Aid Seminar May be Just a Worthless Sales Pitch

From time to time I receive solicitations for free financial aid seminars that are really sales pitches for a product or service. I attend these seminars to monitor the information (and ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 18, 2011
Will a Parent PLUS Loan be Denied When Applying for Two Loans for Two Children?

Will a Parent PLUS Loan be Denied When Applying for Two Loans for Two Children?

Breaking down Parent PLUS loans when more than one child is in college.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 13, 2012
People Retiring with Student Loans May Save Money with Income-Based Repayment

People Retiring with Student Loans May Save Money with Income-Based Repayment

I'm 68 years old, have worked for the last thirteen years in a state psychiatric hospital and after consolidating all my loans, have never missed a payment to Direct Student Loan ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 21, 2011
Must a Trust Fund be Reported on the FAFSA Even If Access to the Trust is Restricted?

Must a Trust Fund be Reported on the FAFSA Even If Access to the Trust is Restricted?

Find out how different types of trust funds are treated on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 12, 2017
Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Soon

Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Soon

Filling out the FAFSA early has its benefits.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published May 25, 2018
Which 529 College Savings Plans are Reported on the FAFSA?

Which 529 College Savings Plans are Reported on the FAFSA?

Everything you need to know about college savings on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017