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How To Ask Friends and Family for Money for a Child's College Savings Plan

How To Ask Friends and Family for Money for a Child's College Savings Plan

In a Fastweb survey of high school and college students about preferred holiday gifts, more than half of the respondents said that they were hoping for money for college. But asking ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 12, 2011
Is a Student Who is Enrolled Simultaneously in High School and College Eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid?

Is a Student Who is Enrolled Simultaneously in High School and College Eligible for Federal Student Financial Aid?

My 16-year-old son has passed an ability-to-benefit (ATB) test at a community college. He has been accepted has a regular student in a qualifying program but has not graduated from high ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 2, 2011
How to Minimize Student Loan Debt

How to Minimize Student Loan Debt

More students graduate each year with excessive student loan debt.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 11, 2011
How to Evaluate Financial Aid Award Letters with Missing Tuition and Grant Information

How to Evaluate Financial Aid Award Letters with Missing Tuition and Grant Information

We have a dilemma here. My son has been accepted by five colleges: four public colleges and one private college. The private school is the only one that is showing us ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 11, 2011
Impact of a Government Shutdown on Student Financial Aid

Impact of a Government Shutdown on Student Financial Aid

If Congress fails to pass legislation funding the federal government, the federal government will shut down and more than 800,000 government employees will be furloughed. The impact on federal student aid, ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 8, 2011
How Do I Fix an Non-Qualified Distribution from a College Savings Plan?

How Do I Fix an Non-Qualified Distribution from a College Savings Plan?

I had a CollegeSure CD for my son who started college last fall. After the CD matured in August, I cashed it out and put the money in a savings account ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 4, 2011
Free Money for College Savings

Free Money for College Savings

There are a variety of national, state and local programs that encourage families to save for college by providing families with free money. There are two main types of such programs: ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 4, 2011
Ask for a Professional Judgment Review for Job Loss or Other Changes in Income

Ask for a Professional Judgment Review for Job Loss or Other Changes in Income

I lost my teaching job last June and got a half year's salary instead of a full year. I did not get a job in the fall, so our household income ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 17, 2011
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
Drowning in Six-Figure Debt for a Low-Paying Field of Study

Drowning in Six-Figure Debt for a Low-Paying Field of Study

I am going to be attending a New York university this spring as a music major. My ultimate goal is to get a doctorate of ethnomusicology and to teach at a ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 20, 2010
Wells Fargo Adds Death and Disability Discharges to Private Student Loans

Wells Fargo Adds Death and Disability Discharges to Private Student Loans

Wells Fargo announced on December 17, 2010 that it is adding death and disability discharges to its private student loan products. When the student borrower dies or becomes totally and permanently ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 18, 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
Tips for Evaluating Financial Aid Award Letters

Tips for Evaluating Financial Aid Award Letters

Financial aid award letters provide college students with information about college costs and the types and amount of financial aid the student will receive. Families rely on the financial aid award ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 10, 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
Financial Aid for a Student Returning to College for Retraining in a New Career

Financial Aid for a Student Returning to College for Retraining in a New Career

My wife is looking to go back to school for a new career. But I'm pretty lost as to how to help her with all this financial aid stuff. Can you ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 29, 2010
Will Delaying a Bankruptcy Filing Affect Eligibility for Student Aid?

Will Delaying a Bankruptcy Filing Affect Eligibility for Student Aid?

My son is a senior in high school this year. I might have to file for bankruptcy. Should I file this year or wait until next year to file? — Rich ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published November 15, 2010
FAQs about Financial Aid

FAQs about Financial Aid

FAQs about Financial Aid Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about financial aid. Topics: 1. General Questions about Eligibility and Applying 2. FAFSA Questions 3. Home Schooling and ...

FinAid.org
Published November 4, 2010
Best Strategies for Paying off Debt Quicker

Best Strategies for Paying off Debt Quicker

Suppose you've made the required payments on all your loans and want to use some extra money to pay off your debt quicker. How do you choose which loan to pay ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 11, 2010
How can a Student Pay for College after Losing Student Aid Eligibility due to Unsatisfactory Academic Progress?

How can a Student Pay for College after Losing Student Aid Eligibility due to Unsatisfactory Academic Progress?

I am not eligible for federal funding at this time because of unsatisfactory academic progress. My appeal was denied and I was told I would again be eligible for federal funding ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 11, 2010
Best Money Books for New College Graduates

Best Money Books for New College Graduates

College is a transition from a sheltered existence where your parents worried about money matters on your behalf to the real world where you are responsible for making ends meet. But ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 7, 2010