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Are There Any Fees for Filing the FAFSA?

Are There Any Fees for Filing the FAFSA?

Is there a fee to complete the FAFSA and if so, how much? — T. Smith There is no fee to file the FAFSA. As the name suggests, the Free Application ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 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
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
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
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
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
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
FAFSA Prep: Money Moves to Make Before the End of 2015

FAFSA Prep: Money Moves to Make Before the End of 2015

How to prepare for Prior-Prior Year FAFSA before the end of 2015.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published November 25, 2015
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
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
Financial Aid and Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. What advice would you give on financial aid to undocumented students? — T.T. Before discussing financial aid ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 8, 2012
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
Clearing Up Confusion. What are Parents Responsible for on FAFSA?

Clearing Up Confusion. What are Parents Responsible for on FAFSA?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about which parent is responsible for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so I'm answering a few more questions on ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 21, 2017
Big FAFSA Overview

Big FAFSA Overview

Get a big picture look at the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 17, 2017
What Counts as Child Support on the FAFSA?

What Counts as Child Support on the FAFSA?

Answers to questions about child support on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 2017
FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage

FAFSA Updated to Accommodate Same-Sex Parentage

The changes to FAFSA are considered a step forward for the LGBTQ community.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published September 29, 2017
Why Do Financial Aid Application Forms Use Last Year's Income?

Why Do Financial Aid Application Forms Use Last Year's Income?

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. Why do the government and colleges use last year's income to determine financial aid for the current ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 29, 2013
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
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