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Can You Get a Pell Grant Even If You Don't Qualify for the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program?

Can You Get a Pell Grant Even If You Don't Qualify for the Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program?

If a child does not qualify for the free or reduced-price school lunch program, can they still qualify for federal student aid? —Y.P. Yes. Students who don't qualify for the free ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
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 August 22, 2017
Is an Emancipated Child Considered an Independent Student?

Is an Emancipated Child Considered an Independent Student?

I am a single parent of three children. One is a junior in college, the middle child will be attending college next year. I have always completed the FAFSA for my ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Which Assets and Debts are Reported on the FAFSA?

Which Assets and Debts are Reported on the FAFSA?

Last year my family had low income ($40,000) but high assets. The assets include $1 million in properties, other investments, the primary home, car, 401(k), IRA and pension plan. How are ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

It's time to fill out the mother of all financial aid forms: the FAFSA. Don't worry, it's easier than you think! Before you sit down to complete the form, make sure ...

Fastweb Staff
Published August 16, 2017
15 Financial Aid Questions You Need to Ask

15 Financial Aid Questions You Need to Ask

What to ask to get the information you need.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 16, 2017
When is a Stepparent or Adoptive Parent's Income Reported on the FAFSA?

When is a Stepparent or Adoptive Parent's Income Reported on the FAFSA?

My daughter's father and I are divorced and I have remarried. Neither my previous nor my new husband are contributing toward my daughter's education, so I am paying all of the ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

Are you considered an independent student? Find out.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 17, 2017
Who is Considered an Independent Student? What if you are not yet 24 years old?

Who is Considered an Independent Student? What if you are not yet 24 years old?

I'm having problems with my financial aid. I'm a single mother of one. My daughter is almost three years old and will be attending daycare this semester. I've been going to ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 25, 2017
Get Help Completing the FAFSA: Resources for You

Get Help Completing the FAFSA: Resources for You

Don't worry: it's not as bad as it looks.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 17, 2017
How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

They may support you in every other way, but unfortunately, they can't always afford to pay for school.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published August 17, 2017
Reporting of Untaxed Social Security Benefits on the FAFSA and the Impact of IRS Filing Extensions on FAFSA Verification

Reporting of Untaxed Social Security Benefits on the FAFSA and the Impact of IRS Filing Extensions on FAFSA Verification

I am a college student with a severe congenital physical disability. If I apply for and am granted SSI benefits, will receiving these benefits cause my family's EFC to increase? I ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017
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
Are "Dual Enrollment" Students Considered College Students on the FAFSA?

Are "Dual Enrollment" Students Considered College Students on the FAFSA?

Currently one son is a junior in a 4-year college. The next one is a high school senior and will attend the same 4-year college in the fall. Last, I have ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

My twin daughters will be entering college in the fall. We have saved for their college education over the last 17 years. Presently the savings are held in two accounts each: ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
How to Include Yourself on Your Teen's FAFSA if You're Enrolled Too

How to Include Yourself on Your Teen's FAFSA if You're Enrolled Too

How should a FAFSA be filled out if I have two children going to college and I am enrolling in a graduate program? When it asks how many are attending college ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 1, 2010
How are Trust Funds Reported on the FAFSA?

How are Trust Funds Reported on the FAFSA?

Each of my parents left me a trust. From each trust I am entitled to the interest income and $5,000 annually. The remainder of the principal stays in the trusts until ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 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
President Obama Simplifies the FAFSA for You

President Obama Simplifies the FAFSA for You

In a statement today, the Obama Administration announced sweeping changes to the FAFSA. Families filling out the FAFSA will no longer have to go through such a painstaking process just to ...

By Kathryn Knight
Published June 24, 2009
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