Counselors: 5 Creative Ways to Help with the Financial Aid Planning Process

This past spring, I had the pleasure of traveling out to Phoenix, Arizona to meet with various counselors, mentors, and college access professionals to learn more about how they are getting ready for the upcoming FAFSA season. With the FAFSA launching earlier this year on October 1, many of you have started to organize events

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By |September 7th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on Counselors: 5 Creative Ways to Help with the Financial Aid Planning Process|

2 Major FAFSA® Changes You Need to Be Aware Of

There are two exciting changes coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process this year. 1. The 2017–18 FAFSA will be available earlier. You can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling

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By |August 27th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on 2 Major FAFSA® Changes You Need to Be Aware Of|

10 Common Tweets @FAFSA Gets on Twitter

We’ve been answering a lot of your back-to-school comments and questions on Twitter! Here are some of the most popular tweets we get, with our answers: @FAFSA where's my money???? — Justin Shin (@JUUSTINSHIN) July 25, 2016 1. We get this question so many times a day! Your school will disburse (pay out) your financial

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By |August 26th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on 10 Common Tweets @FAFSA Gets on Twitter|

9 Myths About the FSA ID

As a graduate student, I‘m no stranger to filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), and when I filed my 2016-17 FAFSA, I was prompted to create an FSA ID—the username and password you need to log in to the FAFSA. I followed the step-by-step instructions, and voila! I easily created my very

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By |April 19th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on 9 Myths About the FSA ID|

No, You Won’t Be Arrested For Falling Behind On Your Student Loans

Today, more than ever before, a college diploma or job-training credential is one of the best investments you can make in your future. By some estimates, a bachelor’s degree is worth an average of a million dollars over the course of your lifetime. But college also has never been more expensive, and far too many

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By |April 6th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on No, You Won’t Be Arrested For Falling Behind On Your Student Loans|

Scholarship Basics and Tips

We all know college is super expensive; not only do you have to pay tuition, but there’s also room and board (for those of you staying on campus), a meal plan (yay for cafeteria food…), and textbooks (buying hundred-dollar books for one chapter). It’s a lot. Luckily for us, there’s help: scholarships! Of course there’s

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By |March 15th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on Scholarship Basics and Tips|

The Easy Way to Transfer Your Tax Information into Your FAFSA

I’ll admit it. February is not my favorite month because it reminds me of tax returns, bad weather and well, finding my tax information. Ugh. If you are like me, a world-class procrastinator that agonizes every year at the thought of filing a tax return and submitting a FAFSA®, then you are not alone. You

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By |February 8th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on The Easy Way to Transfer Your Tax Information into Your FAFSA|

5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA

Congratulations! You submitted your 2016–17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)! Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for: 1. Review Your Student Aid Report (SAR) After you submit your FAFSA, you’ll get a Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR is a summary of the FAFSA data you submitted. Once you have

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By |February 5th, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on 5 Things To Do After Filing Your FAFSA|

3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To

Ah, deadlines. The sworn enemy of students across the nation. When you’re busy with classes, extracurricular activities, and a social life in whatever time you’ve got left, it’s easy to lose track and let due dates start whooshing by. All of a sudden, your U.S. history paper is due at midnight, and you still don’t

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By |February 3rd, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on 3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To|

True or False? You Can Fill Out Your FAFSA Before Filing Taxes

TRUE! You might have heard that you can’t complete the 2016–17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) until you file your 2015 taxes. This is actually a myth! The FAFSA allows you to use estimated financial information if you select “Will file” on the question about whether you’ve completed your 2015 tax return. The

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By |January 22nd, 2016|FAFSA, Federal Student Aid, Headlines, News|Comments Off on True or False? You Can Fill Out Your FAFSA Before Filing Taxes|