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A New Grad Student's Guide to the FAFSA

CommonBond | Posted 04.09.2015 | College
CommonBond

If you're going to grad school and new to the world of financial aid, or want a refresher, this guide will walk you through what you need to know to complete your FAFSA.

FAFSA Primer: How to Navigate Through the College Aid Maze

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Whether you're a parent with a child currently in diapers or a student planning to graduate from high school fairly soon, it is worthwhile to study the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- a 130-question form that determines who qualifies for a piece of $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds -- well in advance.

Financial Aid Guide For Families

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 02.27.2015 | College
WiserAdvisor.com

Most families aren't able to cover the full cost of their children's college experience, which means financial aid will play at least a part of their college planning. If you're thinking about applying for financial aid for your college-aged student (or thinking ahead for a child who's got some time left to go), here are the fundamentals you need to know.

5 Things I Learned About Applying to College and Getting Financial Aid

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
Sheila Blanchette

For families that need financial aid to help pay for college, there are no dream schools. There is no early acceptance application. Your child can certainly apply to their dream school, but they need to understand that the Rolling Stones got it right: "You don't always get what you want."

A Modern Family's Guide To The FAFSA

Mike Branch, CFP | Posted 04.21.2015 | Money
Mike Branch, CFP

When I do my college planning workshops, I always get asked which parent's assets to use when filling out the FAFSA form. Considering the many forms that today's modern family can take, it's easy to see how one can get confused.

Easy Steps to Getting the FAFSA Done

SALT | Posted 04.15.2015 | Money
SALT

While applying for financial aid may seem like a painful process, it's an important one. If you or your family need help paying for college, you should maximize your opportunities to receive financial aid. The FAFSA helps you do just that.

Your Complete February 2015 Financial To-Do List

LearnVest | Posted 04.07.2015 | Money
LearnVest

It's February! The month when hearts, kisses and huggable stuffed animals abound -- and you're constantly reminded: All you need is love. But we think there's something else you need, too. (Hint: It's green, not pink.)

FAFSA: The Starting Point for Financing College

Evelynne Blatt | Posted 04.06.2015 | College
Evelynne Blatt

There are many sources of financial aid available to college-bound students from federal and state governments, as well as colleges and universities, including grants, loans, and work-study programs.

You Got Into College. Now What?

Evelynne Blatt | Posted 03.28.2015 | College
Evelynne Blatt

Now, as an officially college bound student (or parent of a student) you may be feeling a new sense of anxiety over how to cover the cost of your investment in higher education. The answer is financial aid.

Financial Sense 101: Prepare For College Before The Freshman Fifteen

Chris Mettler | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Chris Mettler

As students look forward to attending school and experiencing all that college has to offer, they may not be thinking about how to properly manage their money. Making smart financial choices while in school will not only ease the burden of college debt, but also set them up for financial success beyond graduation.

5 Common FAFSA Questions and Answers You Should Know

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 03.16.2015 | Money
Gianna Sen-Gupta

The free application for federal student aid, or the FAFSA, is your ticket to paying for college in 2015, especially if your family can't afford to pay full freight.

FAFSA and Family

Terry Savage | Posted 03.14.2015 | College
Terry Savage

Families of millions of high school seniors are about to embark on a time-consuming, invasive and generally distasteful project: filling out the FAFSA -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Don't Let the FAFSA Ruin Your Holiday Cheer: 10 Financial Aid Myths Debunked

Abigail Seldin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

According to a recent analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President at Edvisors Network and author of "Filing the FAFSA," roughly 2 million students who could have qualified for need-based Federal Pell Grants in the 2011-12 academic year never filed.

9 Facts About How to Manage Your Student Debt

Equal Justice Works | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

Whether you are still deciding on college, taking out your first loans or are already in repayment, there is a lot to know about borrowing and repaying student loans.

Increasing Transparency in College Tuition Costs

Abigail Seldin | Posted 01.14.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

One of the best-kept secrets in the college admissions process is the fact that tuition sticker prices rarely tell the whole story.

FAFSA and the Middle Class

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Experts who know precisely how the government calculates EFCs say there's one overarching reason for this shock: the formula is so outdated--it's loosely based on a family budget from 1967--that it's no surprise many 21st Century families are astonished when they receive their EFC estimates.

How to Send Your Child to an Elite Private College for Less Than the Cost of a State School

Scott Weingold | Posted 10.13.2014 | College
Scott Weingold

There can be a huge difference between the sticker price and what a parent actually pays for college.

Thousands Of Students Could Have Pell Grants Taken Away After FAFSA Mistake

AP | Posted 07.24.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could fin...

FAFSA Fix Will Mean Less Aid for Many

The Chronicle Of Higher Education | Posted 07.24.2014 | College

The U.S. Education Department will automatically reprocess the student-aid applications of tens of thousands of applicants who inadvertently overrepor...

Why We Should Cut The Federal Financial Aid Form From 130 Questions To 2

Business Insider | Posted 07.10.2014 | College

Last month, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced a draft bill to simplify the process for students seeking federal fina...

Confessions Of An Accountant: 'I Have $130,000 Worth Of College Debt'

LearnVest | Posted 09.02.2014 | Money
LearnVest

My take-home pay is a little more than $3,000 a month -- and roughly 45 percent of that goes toward my student loan payments. When that much of your paycheck is eaten up, something's gotta give.

Competition for Low-Wage Jobs Hurts Kids Looking for Summer Work

Gary Stein | Posted 09.01.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

High school kids have a far greater chance of having no summer job or even an after-school job than at any time in the recent past. They are being squeezed out of those jobs by college-age and older workers.

Financial Aid Doesn't Always Mean Free

Alexandra Rice | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

The term encapsulates two types of aid: One that is free (grants and scholarships) and one that has to be paid back (loans).

What High School Students (And Their Parents) Can Do to Get the Most Financial/Merit Aid for College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 06.20.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Where a student attends college, how much it will cost the family, and whether they end up with a little or a lot of debt depends on everyone making college finances a priority. It's never too early to start planning for how to pay for college.

College for the Rich

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Carlos, along with millions of others, is realizing that because of our unwillingness to fund public higher education, the promise of college is a lie.