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Survey Says: Families Perceive College Costs as Increasing by 17% Compared with Last Year

Survey Says: Families Perceive College Costs as Increasing by 17% Compared with Last Year

Sallie Mae and Gallup just released the results of their third annual survey of how American families pay for college. The survey found that families perceived college costs as increasing by ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 9, 2010
Questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Expert advice on how to handle tough FAFSA questions.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 18, 2017
What are Your Options When Your Parents Refuse to File the FAFSA?

What are Your Options When Your Parents Refuse to File the FAFSA?

I am hoping you can help me with my FAFSA issue. I am 16 and a senior this year in high school, so I plan on attending a university in the ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 25, 2017
Big FAFSA Overview

Big FAFSA Overview

Get a big picture look at the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 17, 2017
Which 529 College Savings Plans are Reported on the FAFSA?

Which 529 College Savings Plans are Reported on the FAFSA?

Everything you need to know about college savings on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 24, 2017
Short Answers to A Few Common FAFSA Questions

Short Answers to A Few Common FAFSA Questions

Expert answers to questions about the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
Financial Aid without Filing the FAFSA?

Financial Aid without Filing the FAFSA?

I tried to apply for federal student aid last year, and was told that I needed to include my parents tax information to receive aid. I've been living on my own ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 18, 2017
Which parent is responsible for completing the financial aid application?

Which parent is responsible for completing the financial aid application?

I am confused about which parent's information to include on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). My ex-husband paid child support for 7 months this year from a settlement ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 18, 2017
Questions about Net Assets and Changes in Marital Status

Questions about Net Assets and Changes in Marital Status

Remarried? Find out what that means for the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

Avoid frustration with the FAFSA by being prepared.

Fastweb Staff
Published August 17, 2017
The FAFSA - Step One for Financial Aid

The FAFSA - Step One for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is easier than you think. Your first stop: the (FAFSA). For many schools, this is the only form you need. What is it? The FAFSA is the ...

By Kay Peterson, Ph.D.
Published December 31, 2012
Treatment of Grandparent Assets Held by a Parent on the FAFSA

Treatment of Grandparent Assets Held by a Parent on the FAFSA

Find out how grandparent assets can help and hurt.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 23, 2017
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
Questions about the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

Questions about the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

If you have already graduated from college, will you be affected by the new changes to student loans in the health care bill? — Lauren A. No. None of the changes ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 12, 2010
When Grandma Moves In, Does It Help or Hurt Financial Aid Eligibility?

When Grandma Moves In, Does It Help or Hurt Financial Aid Eligibility?

Grandma is moving in with her Social Security check. Does this help or hurt my FAFSA results? Does her Social Security check count towards my parents' income on the FAFSA? — ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 23, 2017
Which of a Student's Divorced Parents Must Complete the FAFSA? Is the Stepparent's Information Reported on the FAFSA?

Which of a Student's Divorced Parents Must Complete the FAFSA? Is the Stepparent's Information Reported on the FAFSA?

I will be filling out the FAFSA soon for my daughter who will be attending college next fall. My question is regarding her father, who is my ex-husband. Her father does ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017
How is retirement income and past due child support reported on the FAFSA?

How is retirement income and past due child support reported on the FAFSA?

I am trying to fill out my FAFSA. My father retired last year and I am confused as to what to put for his financial answers, for example, gross income, taxes, ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 18, 2017
Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Check your state’s specific listing to make sure you know which criteria apply!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 11, 2014
How can a student on academic probation pay for college with no aid?

How can a student on academic probation pay for college with no aid?

My son has brain damage along with seizures and a reading learning disability. With all the doctors appointments, hospital stays and seizures he is on academic probation this semester. So that ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 21, 2017
How to Complete the FAFSA when a Parent Didn't File her Federal Income Tax Return

How to Complete the FAFSA when a Parent Didn't File her Federal Income Tax Return

I have a problem with my FAFSA. My mom didn't file her income tax returns the prior prior year. What do I use when I fill out my FAFSA form? — ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017