One-quarter of families don't bother completing the FAFSA ― and end up missing out on billions in financial aid.
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Just one simple error could mean your federal student aid is delayed or even denied.
By consistently raising the standards, the state has pulled back resources for students who are most in need.
The administration’s proposal to keep Pell Grant levels flat is very troubling.
Teddy Nykiel is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: teddy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @teddynykiel
Two other drawbacks to income-driven plans: You'll need to reapply each year, and any debt that's forgiven will be taxed
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The FAFSA for the 2017-18 school year opens on Oct. 1, 2016. Mark that in your calendar now. The sooner you submit the form
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For most parents, sending a child off to college is an enormous investment, second only to your mortgage. For students, this
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.