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3 Tips to Appeal Financial Aid Packages

3 Tips to Appeal Financial Aid Packages

Learn the steps you can take to appeal a financial aid package.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published May 24, 2018
Can a Student Receive a Pell Grant for a Second College Degree?

Can a Student Receive a Pell Grant for a Second College Degree?

Limits on Pell Grants and using Military Aid to pay for school.

By The Fastweb Team
Published May 23, 2018
What Would You Be Willing to Do to Erase Your Student Debt?

What Would You Be Willing to Do to Erase Your Student Debt?

What would you be willing to do in order to erase your student debt?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 22, 2018
Finding Simple Financial Aid Solutions on Campus

Finding Simple Financial Aid Solutions on Campus

Don't get left behind! Avoiding the topic of financial aid only makes it that much worse in the long run!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 21, 2018
Crowdfunding for College

Crowdfunding for College

Utilize these resources to repay your student loans or to manage your current financial situation.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 21, 2018
Financial Aid for Minority Students

Financial Aid for Minority Students

Check out financial aid opportunities for minority students.

Fastweb Staff
Published May 21, 2018
After the FAFSA: What to Do Once You’ve Submitted Yours

After the FAFSA: What to Do Once You’ve Submitted Yours

Once you've submitted your FAFSA, you may have questions or changes to the document. Here's what you should expect and how to make edits.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published May 7, 2018
President Trump Signs Bill Allowing Student Loan Forgiveness Program for Public Service Jobs

President Trump Signs Bill Allowing Student Loan Forgiveness Program for Public Service Jobs

Struggling to pay back your student loan debt? Read on for a program that could potentially rescue you!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published April 12, 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 February 1, 2018
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
10 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Avoid Financial Aid Blunders

10 Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Avoid Financial Aid Blunders

Don’t rush the process – any mistakes can cause serious delays in the process or, worse, disqualify you all together.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 7, 2017
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
If a Student's Parents Do Not Claim Him as a Dependent on their Income Tax Returns, Will the Student Get More Financial Aid?

If a Student's Parents Do Not Claim Him as a Dependent on their Income Tax Returns, Will the Student Get More Financial Aid?

How beneficial is it to have our college attending son file his taxes on his own versus us claiming him as a dependent? Does it make a huge difference in the ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
Advice to Parents Whose Child will be the First in the Family to Go to College

Advice to Parents Whose Child will be the First in the Family to Go to College

Planning and paying for college is difficult even for parents who have been to college! Get advice on helping your first-generation college student.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
To Convert or Not To Convert; How Does a Roth IRA Conversion Affect Student Aid?

To Convert or Not To Convert; How Does a Roth IRA Conversion Affect Student Aid?

I am retired with no income from employment and a moderate amount of investment income, $20,000 to $30,000 a year. I am contemplating a partial conversion from my traditional IRA to ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017