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How is a Life Estate Treated on the FAFSA? Do the Restrictions Matter?

How is a Life Estate Treated on the FAFSA? Do the Restrictions Matter?

Everything you need to know about life estates on the FASFA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published September 29, 2017
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
Do Twins Get More Aid? If a Student Gets Married, Does the Financial Aid Change?

Do Twins Get More Aid? If a Student Gets Married, Does the Financial Aid Change?

My boyfriend and I are afraid that if we marry my annual gross income ($47,000) will prevent him from getting federal grants and loans for college. He has no income at ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 25, 2017
What’s Next for Simplifying the FAFSA?

What’s Next for Simplifying the FAFSA?

Everyone wants to simplify the FAFSA -- what could be next?

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published July 26, 2017
Answers to Common FAFSA Questions about FSA IDs and Household Size

Answers to Common FAFSA Questions about FSA IDs and Household Size

Get the FAQs on the FAFSA.

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 22, 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
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

Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here. Sallie Mae and Gallup just released the results of their third annual survey of how American families ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 9, 2010
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Heads up: This article is out of date!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
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
Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Early

Financial Aid Award Packages Arriving Early

Filling out the FAFSA early has its benefits.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published January 3, 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
Can a Stepdaughter be Counted in the Household If She Lives with the Other Parent?

Can a Stepdaughter be Counted in the Household If She Lives with the Other Parent?

My stepdaughter used my husband's tax return to file her FAFSA because her mother had said that his taxes needed to be used because he claims her on his income tax ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Completing the FAFSA When the Student's Parents Have a Legal Separation

Completing the FAFSA When the Student's Parents Have a Legal Separation

My parents aren't divorced but are legally separated and have been for about ten years. My mother is unable to remember where the papers for their separation are. I was wondering ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 30, 2017
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
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
Can a Family on Fixed Income Afford to Pay Double for an Out-of-State Private College?

Can a Family on Fixed Income Afford to Pay Double for an Out-of-State Private College?

My husband took early retirement so we are on a fixed income. We set aside enough money in various college funds for our daughter to attend any in-state public college. However, ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 25, 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
Timing of an Appeal for More Aid and Appealing the Asset Value of Unsold Real Estate

Timing of an Appeal for More Aid and Appealing the Asset Value of Unsold Real Estate

How soon after filing the FAFSA can I request a professional judgement review (without seeming overanxious)? We tried to sell our previous home last year without success. The home is vacant ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 29, 2017
Emergency Dental Care for an International Student; Reporting a New Spouse's Income and Assets on the FAFSA

Emergency Dental Care for an International Student; Reporting a New Spouse's Income and Assets on the FAFSA

I am not a US citizen. I came to the United States a month ago to begin graduate school. Unfortunately I got a severe toothache a week ago. As a teaching ...

By The Fastweb Team
Published August 28, 2017