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Why is Parental Information Required on the FAFSA for a Self-Sufficient Student?

Why is Parental Information Required on the FAFSA for a Self-Sufficient Student?

Find out what makes an "independent" student an independent student.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 26, 2017
Confusion about Reporting Custodial 529 College Savings Plan Accounts on the FAFSA

Confusion about Reporting Custodial 529 College Savings Plan Accounts on the FAFSA

My daughter is a freshman (in college) and lives more than 50% of the time with her mother who is the custodial parent. Her mom and I have been divorced for ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 26, 2017
Who Completes the FAFSA When a Student Lives with his Grandparents?

Who Completes the FAFSA When a Student Lives with his Grandparents?

Grandparents and other relatives may not substitute their information for the parent's information on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 26, 2017
Does the Cash from a Cash-Out Refinance Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Does the Cash from a Cash-Out Refinance Count as an Asset on the FAFSA?

Money in a bank or brokerage account counts as an asset on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 22, 2017
How Can One Shelter Parent Assets on the FAFSA?

How Can One Shelter Parent Assets on the FAFSA?

Money in savings count as assets on the FAFSA and may affect financial aid eligibility.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 14, 2017
What Income is Listed on the FAFSA when Separated Parents File a Joint Tax Return?

What Income is Listed on the FAFSA when Separated Parents File a Joint Tax Return?

I am praying that you may be able to advise me on the FAFSA application. I am a senior in high school and will file the FAFSA in October. I live ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 13, 2017
Must a Trust Fund be Reported on the FAFSA Even If Access to the Trust is Restricted?

Must a Trust Fund be Reported on the FAFSA Even If Access to the Trust is Restricted?

Find out how different types of trust funds are treated on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 12, 2017
2017-18 FAFSA Changes: What Prior-Prior Year (PPY) Means for You

2017-18 FAFSA Changes: What Prior-Prior Year (PPY) Means for You

The change will allow students to report tax information from a prior-prior tax year (PPY) allowing tax information from two years ago.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 7, 2017
Could You Be Giving Away Too Much on the FAFSA?

Could You Be Giving Away Too Much on the FAFSA?

What your FAFSA says about your first choice college.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published September 7, 2017
The New FAFSA: What’s In It for You?

The New FAFSA: What’s In It for You?

Benefits of the new FAFSA release date -- October 1.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published September 7, 2017
When is Real Estate Reported as a Business Asset on the FAFSA?

When is Real Estate Reported as a Business Asset on the FAFSA?

There are two ways in which real estate can be reported as an asset on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 7, 2017
Is There Any Way to Shelter Retirement Plan Distributions on the FAFSA?

Is There Any Way to Shelter Retirement Plan Distributions on the FAFSA?

Retiremend plans and distributions on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 6, 2017
Are UGMA and UTMA Accounts Reported as Investments on the FAFSA?

Are UGMA and UTMA Accounts Reported as Investments on the FAFSA?

Expert answers to tough FAFSA questions.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 6, 2017
Which Parents are Responsible for Completing the Financial Aid Application Forms?

Which Parents are Responsible for Completing the Financial Aid Application Forms?

Questions about divorce and separation on the FAFSA answered.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 6, 2017
IRS Tool to be Ready for October 1 FAFSA Release

IRS Tool to be Ready for October 1 FAFSA Release

Updated tool will make the FAFSA easier to file.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published September 5, 2017
Making Sense of Your EFC

Making Sense of Your EFC

Learn about how your EFC is calculated and what comes after.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published August 31, 2017
Answers to Common Questions about Dependency Status and Financial Aid

Answers to Common Questions about Dependency Status and Financial Aid

Will my daughter's chances for receiving financial aid be higher if we don't claim her on our taxes? Household income is about $85,000 and she did not qualify for financial aid ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
If a Student's Parents Are Not Married, How Does the Student Complete the FAFSA?

If a Student's Parents Are Not Married, How Does the Student Complete the FAFSA?

I live with my mother and my step-father but they are not married. They keep their finances separate and, other than helping my mom to pay for the house I live ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
Will Differences in Parent Assets Due to the Omission Sibling-Owned Custodial 529 Plan Accounts Cause Problems on the FAFSA?

Will Differences in Parent Assets Due to the Omission Sibling-Owned Custodial 529 Plan Accounts Cause Problems on the FAFSA?

Since siblings' UTMA 529s don't get reported on the FAFSA, but the student's UTMA 529 is counted as a parent asset, each of my kids would have a different amount listed ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
Family Incorrectly Reported 529 Plan as a Student Asset on the FAFSA

Family Incorrectly Reported 529 Plan as a Student Asset on the FAFSA

I have two questions which I assume you've been asked a million times and I just want to make sure I'm understanding the write-ups about them correctly. We have a regular ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017