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The Basics of Financial Aid for Study Abroad

The Basics of Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Make study abroad affordable with the help of financial aid.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published January 11, 2018
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 January 11, 2018
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 January 8, 2018
Have You Considered Consolidating?

Have You Considered Consolidating?

Keeping track of all your student loans can be confusing - is consolidation the answer?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 7, 2018
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 January 2, 2018
Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expert answers on income and financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published December 8, 2017
Students Lose Financial Aid for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students Lose Financial Aid for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress

Find out why getting Cs and Ds could lead to a loss of financial aid.

By The Fastweb Team
Published December 8, 2017
Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Looking for a bailout? Good news! The only catch is you'll have to do some good...

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published November 8, 2017
Does Dependency Status on Income Tax Returns Affect Financial Aid Eligibility?

Does Dependency Status on Income Tax Returns Affect Financial Aid Eligibility?

Dependency status on federal income tax returns and on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 29, 2017
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
Does Adoption Affect an Orphan's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

Does Adoption Affect an Orphan's Eligibility for Financial Aid?

I am trying to advise two students whose mother died four years ago and their father died last week, unfortunately. The girls' grandmother is now taking care of them (a 9th ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 29, 2017
Why Does a Parent Qualify for More Financial Aid than Her Dependent Student Child When Both are in College?

Why Does a Parent Qualify for More Financial Aid than Her Dependent Student Child When Both are in College?

Parents vs. children and financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 28, 2017
How Does a Pending Foreclosure or Short Sale Affect Financial Aid?

How Does a Pending Foreclosure or Short Sale Affect Financial Aid?

Need analysis formulas use a snapshot approach to evaluating assets.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 27, 2017
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
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
How to Minimize the Impact of a Student's Brokerage Account on Financial Aid

How to Minimize the Impact of a Student's Brokerage Account on Financial Aid

Custodial bank and brokerage accounts are treated as a student asset on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 13, 2017
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
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
Financial Aid and Scholarships for Foster Care and Adopted Children

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Foster Care and Adopted Children

Find out how foster care and adoption can pay off with financial aid.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 8, 2017
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