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When must a Non-Custodial Parent Count a Child in Household Size?

When must a Non-Custodial Parent Count a Child in Household Size?

Counting the child support paid and counting the supported children in household size is an either-or situation on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 27, 2017
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
Does Parental Support Affect Independent Student Status?

Does Parental Support Affect Independent Student Status?

A student who has one or more dependent children that she supports is considered independent on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 27, 2017
How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24?

How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24?

Do you qualify as an independent student? Find out.

The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 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
President Obama Announces Changes to 2017-18 FAFSA

President Obama Announces Changes to 2017-18 FAFSA

These changes, which start next year, will impact millions of students who apply for federal student aid and are being applied, in hopes, to make the process easier and more helpful for students in the college planning process.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 17, 2015
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
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
Can a Dependent Student File the FAFSA as Independent if the Student's Parents Don't File Federal Income Tax Returns?

Can a Dependent Student File the FAFSA as Independent if the Student's Parents Don't File Federal Income Tax Returns?

I'm 22 years old, and I don't receive any financial aid. I've tried to fill out the FAFSA but I have an obstacle. I claim myself and no one else on ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 2017
Your 2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadlines

Your 2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadlines

We've got you covered with a complete list of financial aid deadlines, state-by-state, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 8, 2015
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
FSA ID FAQs

FSA ID FAQs

You’ll need a FAFSA ID in order to fill out your FAFSA this year!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 7, 2017
Over $2.9 Billion in Free College Money Unclaimed by Students – Why?

Over $2.9 Billion in Free College Money Unclaimed by Students – Why?

The best way to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself by students missing out on free financial aid is for both graduating seniors and, of course, parents, to fill out their FAFSA forms ASAP!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 20, 2015
Is a Student with Children But No Income Considered to be Independent?

Is a Student with Children But No Income Considered to be Independent?

I am under 24 years of age. I did not have any income the year before last. I have 2 children and live with a partner of 6 years. He is ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 31, 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
Can the FAFSA be Completed with Information from the Previous Year's Tax Returns?

Can the FAFSA be Completed with Information from the Previous Year's Tax Returns?

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. My daughter got accepted to her first-choice school, a private university, as an early-decision candidate. The school ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 7, 2013
How Do I Transfer Financial Aid from One College to Another?

How Do I Transfer Financial Aid from One College to Another?

If I change schools, how do I edit my FAFSA so the money goes to my new school? And about how long would it take for the money to transfer schools? ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 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
What Happens If You Deliberately Don't Report Assets on the FAFSA?

What Happens If You Deliberately Don't Report Assets on the FAFSA?

I'm doing everything possible to lower my EFC. I have assets, UTMA, mutual funds, stocks and I know they hurt my chances of receiving free money (Federal or state grants). I ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017