Tag: fafsa

How to fill out the FAFSA

Posted on December 26th, 2013

January 1 is quickly approaching–are you ready to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

This video from the U.S. Department of Education tells you everything you need to know about preparing for and filling out the FAFSA.

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How divorce impacts college costs & financial aid

Posted on December 4th, 2013

"Researchers found that marital status was a significant determinant of how much parents contribute toward college expenses, even after taking into account factors like parents’ income and education." -- NY Times

It might seem unfair, but researchers from Rice University in Houston and the University of Wisconsin have found that martial status plays a significant role in college costs and financial aid. Students from families of divorce pay more According to a NY Times report and a study published in the Journal of Family Issues, college costs fall more […]

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Who should get financial aid?

Posted on November 11th, 2013

"Student aid forms and formulas are so complicated that they practically serve as obstacles to success, and for some of the truly daunted, even barriers to access." -- Mark Kantrowitz

How should financial aid be given out? How can we make college more affordable? How can student loans be improved? The NY Times recently explored these questions and more in a Room for Debate column. Simplifying financial aid The higher education professionals involved in the discussion emphasized the need for creative solutions to pay for […]

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Plan for college early to maximize financial aid

Posted on September 30th, 2013

This video from Reuters TV offers a year-by-year plan for high school students and their parents to help them prepare for college. It includes some great tips on saving for college and how to get the most financial aid possible.

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Score high on your SAT, apply to college for free

Posted on September 25th, 2013

Want to apply to college, but worried about all those application fees adding up? The College Board wants to help you.

If you got a high score on your SAT or PSAT, you may soon be receiving a package that will make it free to apply to 6 colleges of your choice, the New York Times reports. The College Board is sending fee waivers to about 28,000 seniors who scored in the top 15 percent of test takers and whose family is in the bottom quarter of income distribution.

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Decoding the language of financial aid

Posted on August 9th, 2013

Inside Higher Education published a great piece on understanding “financial aid speak” from college financial aid offices. To the average parent, it can feel like college financial aid representatives are speaking a whole different language.

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10 ways to save on college costs

Posted on July 19th, 2013

Who wouldn’t love to pay less for their college degree? Check out this slideshow from US News Education to find out how you can save on college costs and make your money go farther once you’re enrolled.

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Will having a job reduce a student’s financial aid for college?

Posted on July 11th, 2013

Many prospective and current college students don’t realize that their income and assets are taken into account when they apply for financial aid, just like that of their parents. So should students be worried about earning too much money and receiving less financial aid if they have a job?

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How to pay for college

Posted on March 14th, 2013

Not sure how you’re going to pay for college? Here are 5 useful tips for preparing for the cost of college and minimizing your student loan debt. Tip #1: Be self-reliant. It’s a great idea to get a job during high school and start saving early to have backup funds in preparation for college expenses. Remember, […]

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What happens after you complete the FAFSA?

Posted on March 5th, 2013

So you filled out the FAFSA–now what? Here’s an overview of what to expect. To summarize: 1. Within a few days of completing the FAFSA, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). This will be a paper or electronic document listing your answers on the FAFSA. You can view your SAR online at fafsa.ed.gov using […]

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