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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
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 September 7, 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
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
FAFSA Checklist

FAFSA Checklist

Trust us, if you do have the necessary information on hand, filling out the form will become much simpler.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 5, 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

My wife and I are looking for help in getting our son into college. He is a junior in high school. His mother and I are on disability. My wife is ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
New Husband Refuses to Help with College Costs

New Husband Refuses to Help with College Costs

I have been a single mother raising twin daughters pretty much all their life but recently (2 years ago) remarried a fairly successful man who has from day one said he ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 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
How Does a Parent Enrolling in College Affect the Child's Financial Aid?

How Does a Parent Enrolling in College Affect the Child's Financial Aid?

My daughter is hoping to attend a private college next year. Of course, we will be applying for financial aid and as many scholarships as we can find! My husband works ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Answers to Introductory Questions about Financial Aid for College

Answers to Introductory Questions about Financial Aid for College

Get the answers to the financial aid basics.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
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
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