The SECURE Act Expands Use of 529 Plans

The Act allows 529 distributions to pay back student loans and may give grandparents a new way to take advantage of their savings.  Read More

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

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students or Parents

We provide tips on how you should file the FAFSA, who you should contact at the colleges you are applying to, which loans you can borrow, and what scholarships to apply for.  Read More

10 More Financial Aid FAQs

Question topics include work-study, other real estate, legal guardianship, savings bonds, loan interest rates, businesses, parent credit, and transgender students Read More

Common Mistakes Families Make on the FAFSA

Mistakes include missing a school’s deadline, putting parent info in the student section, using a nickname, forgetting to add schools, incorrectly reporting taxable grants and scholarships, leaving college-going siblings out of the household size, using the wrong Social Security number, and not using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Read More

Your School Could Win the FAFSA Challenge

A $750 college scholarship will be issued to each of the winning high schools for highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate and most improved FAFSA completion percentage rate. 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

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