The FAFSA Changes You Need to Know About

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The FAFSA Changes You Need to Know About

The FAFSA Changes You Need to Know About

The cost of higher education in this country is notoriously high and student loans are a hot topic for parents, students and pretty much everyone else. Federal financial aid has helped many of those that otherwise couldn’t afford it, go to college. Now it should become even more accessible. The upcoming school year will see... Read More

Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam

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Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam

Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam

As July melts into August, many college-age students are once again turning their thoughts (if they haven’t done so already) to that beast of complexity, the FAFSA form – which students must fill out if they want to receive financial aid. While there are many reputable companies that help prepare FAFSA forms, there are a... Read More

What Happens If You Lie on Your FAFSA?

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What Happens If You Lie on Your FAFSA?

What Happens If You Lie on Your FAFSA?

College is expensive, and it’s especially shocking to some parents and students when they start the financing process to learn that one form — the FAFSA — may largely determine their financial fate when it comes to federal student aid. It may be tempting to fudge the numbers on the FAFSA to get more money to... Read More

Is It Too Easy to Get Student Loans?

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Is It Too Easy to Get Student Loans?

Is It Too Easy to Get Student Loans?

It’s not difficult to take out a student loan — if they were hard to get, it’s unlikely they would be the largest form of outstanding consumer debt in the U.S. (except for mortgages). A major factor? For federal student loans (a large part of the $1.3 trillion in current U.S. student loan debt), little... Read More

3 Student Loan Deadlines Everyone Needs to Know

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3 Student Loan Deadlines Everyone Needs to Know

3 Student Loan Deadlines Everyone Needs to Know

Being a student means living with deadlines. Assignments, papers, college applications — if you miss the due date, you can run into serious trouble. While you might be able to get an extension to finish a project, applying for financial aid doesn’t work that way. If you need help paying for your kid’s college education,... Read More

Changes to FAFSA Include Same-Sex Couples Now

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Changes to FAFSA Include Same-Sex Couples Now

Changes to FAFSA Include Same-Sex Couples Now

The Department of Education will change its student aid forms beginning in 2014-15 so that potential borrowers will be able to have their legal parents’ income assessed regardless of their marital status or gender as long as those two people live together. Applicants will be able to list their parents’ marital status as “unmarried and... Read More

A Simple Guide to Understanding Your FAFSA

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A Simple Guide to Understanding Your FAFSA

A Simple Guide to Understanding Your FAFSA

If the cost of college seems daunting, just wait until you get to wade through the process of applying for financial aid and sorting through financial aid packages from schools. But unless you can afford to pay cash for your higher education or get an academic or athletic scholarship that covers your costs, you’ll want... Read More

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