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Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expert answers on income and financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published June 26, 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 June 12, 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
Student Aid and Scholarships for Second Degree Students

Student Aid and Scholarships for Second Degree Students

Is financial aid a one-time deal only? Find out.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 8, 2009
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
Can a Student be Cut Off from Financial Aid After Taking Too Many Credits?

Can a Student be Cut Off from Financial Aid After Taking Too Many Credits?

Expert advice on financial aid limits.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 30, 2012
How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. Several universities that we have visited have stressed the importance of getting you FAFSA completed in January. ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 10, 2011
What Can You Do If Your Parents Won't File the FAFSA or Help Pay for College?

What Can You Do If Your Parents Won't File the FAFSA or Help Pay for College?

Find out if there are financial aid opportunities for students whose parents can't pay for college.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 14, 2010
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
Why Do Students Drop Out of College?

Why Do Students Drop Out of College?

A study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that the main reason why students drop out of college is the conflict between school and work and family commitments. ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 17, 2009
Would Forgiving Student Loans Stimulate the Economy?

Would Forgiving Student Loans Stimulate the Economy?

Several grass-roots groups were established on Facebook in early 2009 calling for the cancellation of all student loan debt under the theory that this will stimulate the economy. Most noteworthy is ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 9, 2009
Can a Student Receive a Pell Grant for a Second College Degree?

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

I am a 25-year-old woman looking to go back to school for a second degree in a different field of study than my original degree. I am married to an enlisted ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 1, 2012
Secrets to Settling Defaulted Federal Student Loan Debts for Less than What You Owe

Secrets to Settling Defaulted Federal Student Loan Debts for Less than What You Owe

Your federal student loans are in default and collection agencies are calling you dozens of times a day. They are threatening to garnish your wages, offset your income tax refunds and ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 30, 2010
Does Financial Aid Cover Room and Board in Addition to Tuition and Fees?

Does Financial Aid Cover Room and Board in Addition to Tuition and Fees?

Are room and board covered under financial aid? Find out.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 4, 2010
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
Top 10 Tips for Financial Aid

Top 10 Tips for Financial Aid

The top 10 financial aid tips.

Published May 26, 2015
Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments

Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments

If you're struggling to make your monthly student loan payments on your measly first-job salary, you're not alone. The good news is, the government is taking notice -- and changing the ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 26, 2009
How does child support affect eligibility for student aid?

How does child support affect eligibility for student aid?

I have been divorced for more than 10 years and receive a small amount of child support from my ex-husband. At the time of the divorce, I agreed to let my ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 28, 2009
Can Parent PLUS Loans Get Income-Based Repayment and Loan Forgiveness?

Can Parent PLUS Loans Get Income-Based Repayment and Loan Forgiveness?

You've mentioned previously that while Parent PLUS loans are nominally eligible for public service loan forgiveness, they are not eligible for IBR or ICR, which leaves nothing left to forgive. Is ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 8, 2013
How Does Bankruptcy Affect Eligibility for Student Financial Aid?

How Does Bankruptcy Affect Eligibility for Student Financial Aid?

How does a chapter 13 bankruptcy affect financial aid? Would it be difficult to get financial aid for my child because my husband and I filed chapter 13 about 2 years ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 6, 2011