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

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.13.2015 | 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 09.04.2015 | 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 08.10.2015 | 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 07.30.2015 | 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 -- specifi...

Financial Aid for Independent vs Dependent Students

Credible | Posted 07.17.2015 | 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 07.09.2015 | 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 07.08.2015 | 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 07.07.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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.

A New Grad Student's Guide to the FAFSA

CommonBond | Posted 06.09.2015 | College

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 05.11.2015 | 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 | Posted 04.29.2015 | College

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 04.28.2015 | 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

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

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 06.01.2015 | 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.