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Low-Income Students Are Vulnerable In A Shifting College Access Landscape

Marcus Bright | Posted 04.05.2017 | College
Marcus Bright

College affordability and access has been a story of success and setbacks in recent years. There have been some strides made in giving more students a...

Think Twice Before Borrowing for Your Kid's College

NerdWallet | Posted 02.13.2017 | College

Sixty-year-old Pamela Last doesn't have a college degree -- but she has roughly $200,000 in student debt. Like a growing number of parents, Last took...

4 Student Loan Tips That Might Actually Be Terrible Advice

NerdWallet | Posted 12.01.2016 | College

There's plenty of advice available for managing student loans, some of it good and some not so good. But you should be wary of a one-size-fits-all app...

Changes to the FAFSA Make It Easier to Apply for Student Aid

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Do you have a high school senior who is knee deep in the college admissions process? Writing essays and filling out forms can be a stressful process f...

4 Financial Aid Tips for College Procrastinators

NerdWallet | Posted 09.07.2016 | Education

We all have bouts of procrastination, especially in college. Pulling an all-nighter to crank out a paper you've had weeks to work on is practically th...

5 Things the President Wants to Tell College Students

NerdWallet | Posted 07.20.2016 | College

President Barack Obama only has about six more months in office, and before he leaves, he has a message for college students and student loan borrower...

Will The Next Generation Be Broke, Busted & Disgusted? (...and how to ensure your kids won't be.)

Adam Carroll | Posted 01.25.2017 | Education
Adam Carroll

Imagine you're 18 years old and expected to buy a home. You are told to go pick something out that you like, something that "feels" right, and then bu...

The Complete Reference Guide to Paying for College: FAFSA, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Student Loans and More

Jocelyn Paonita Pearson | Posted 01.15.2017 | College
Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

Let's just address the elephant in the room. College is freaking expensive. And the worst part is that paying for it can be extremely confusing (be...

Answering Common Questions About the FAFSA

SALT | Posted 01.14.2017 | College

Some higher education institutions require you to fill out multiple financial aid applications, but they all require at least one -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Ask Brianna: I Want to Go to Grad School. How Should I Pay for It?

Brianna McGurran | Posted 12.08.2016 | Education
Brianna McGurran

There's no one way to pay for grad school. Students often cobble funds together using savings, student loans, income from work or an employer stipend if that's available.

In Alleged FAFSA Scam, Parents and Students Charged for Free Services

Brianna McGurran | Posted 11.03.2016 | Education
Brianna McGurran

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued Global Financial Support Inc., alleging that it deceptively markets and charges for financial aid services that students and families could otherwise get for free.

President Obama To Announce Reforms To Make College Financial Aid More Accessible

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce steps to bolster access to financial aid for students as part of efforts to make ...

The Time Has Come to Scrap FAFSA

Bob Hildreth | Posted 09.04.2016 | College
Bob Hildreth

Much of the concern about the FAFSA is about just how long and complicated it is. There are 108 questions, many of which have little or no impact on student aid eligibility but which are difficult to understand and to answer.

What Changed In College Admissions This Summer

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.08.2016 | College
Patrick O'Connor

If they've done it the right way, members of the Class of 2016 are just coming back from their Best. Summer. Ever. to realize it may be time to get serious about college. Since many college-bound families started their search in junior year, the biggest question they have right now is "What's changed over the summer?"

Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam

Adam Levin | Posted 07.30.2016 | College
Adam Levin

First things first: In the form's acronym lies the secret to avoiding the money pitfalls--FAFSA is short for "FREE Application for Federal Student Aid." Yeah, I know, filling it out is time-consuming, but it's doable. It's also complex and requires information that you're going to have to bird-dog, but it is free.

U.S. Government Acquires FAFSA Website That Was Confusing Students (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

The federal government has been taking down websites that host illegal activity for years, but in taking over a website -- specifically,, wh...

Financial Aid for Independent vs Dependent Students

Credible | Posted 07.14.2016 | Education

One major part of filling out the FASFA includes declaring if you are a independent or dependent student. This simple question can determine how much federal aid you receive, what types of loans you qualify for, and how much in student loans you can take out.

Affording an Education: A Guide To Your Financial Aid Options

Credible | Posted 07.09.2016 | Education

With billions of dollars available annually for students to pay for their education, most college students utilize at least one type of financial aid. Financial aid options come from federal and state governments, individual colleges, or private organizations, and is available in the following forms.

Gates Foundation Proposes FAFSA Reform

AP | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.26.2017 | College

SEATTLE (AP) -- Two million more young people could get the financial aid they need to go to college if the federal government makes it easier to fill...

Your Financial Aid Questions Answered

Credible | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education

For students entering college, applying for financial aid can be as complicated as the college admission process. Even after qualifying for financial ...

Your FAFSA Questions Answered

Credible | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is available to anyone who is considering graduate or undergraduate studies in the United States. The FAFSA is used by colleges and universities to determine eligibility for student aid.

6 Steps Towards Financial Aid at Private Universities

Credible | Posted 06.26.2016 | Education

Paying for college is not easy. To help out high school graduates and their families, there are many different sources of financial aid to help pay for private universities. Here's what every incoming college student and their family needs to know about the financial aid process for private universities.

Tips to Help Fill Out the FAFSA Application

Credible | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education

Filling out the FAFSA form does not need to be overwhelming or confusing. Use these tips for filling out the FAFSA to make the process smooth and headache free.

Avoid This Trap When Using a Roth IRA to Pay for College

Mike Branch, CFP | Posted 05.13.2016 | College
Mike Branch, CFP

Paying for college is challenging enough. Paying for college while saving for retirement can be nearly impossible. There is only so much money to go around. Roth IRAs can be a great way to bridge the gap between paying for college and saving for your own retirement.

You Got Into College! Now What?

Abigail Seldin | Posted 05.12.2016 | College
Abigail Seldin

From packing up your room to shopping for dorm décor to saying goodbye to your closest high school friends, preparing for your first year of college can get pretty hectic.