What is the Effect of Retirement Savings on Financial Aid?

Retirement savings are not reported on the FAFSA, but they are reported on the CSS Profile, meaning they could potentially affect your financial aid award at certain schools.  Read More

Don’t Miss These 10 Financial Aid FAQs

Topics include completing financial aid applications, getting an FSA ID, who requires the CSS Profile, applying for financial aid without a Social Security number, who should complete the financial aid applications, the affect of 529 accounts on financial aid, the financial aid timeline, EFC Calculators, and helpful websites.  Read More

What You Need to Complete Your Financial Aid Applications

Items needed include an FSA ID, a College Board username and password, a student’s driver’s license, a list of colleges where the student is applying, Social Security numbers, 2018 W-2 form(s), 2018 untaxed income records, current bank statements, current business and investment records, current real estate records, and 2018 federal income tax returns.  Read More

Applying for Financial Aid with International Parents

If parents are U.S. citizens living abroad, they can still create an FSA ID, but will need to convert income and assets into U.S. dollars. If parents are not U.S. citizens, they will not be able to create an FSA ID and will need to print out the signature page and mail it to the address indicated.  Read More

Applying for Financial Aid When Parents Are Divorced

Learn how to file the FAFSA (where only the custodial parent will provide information), how to file the CSS Profile (where both custodial and noncustodial parents usually provide information), and what to do if the noncustodial parent is not available.  Read More

Your Financial Aid Basics

Topics include financial aid applications, application deadlines, where to find information, merit-based aid, financial aid types, verification, and what happens after students apply Read More

Reporting Income on Financial Aid Applications

We speak with a Director of Student Financial Services to learn what income gets reported, what happens if income changes due to a job loss, how to report income if you’re self-employed, and what happens if you withdraw funds from a retirement account.  Read More

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