Archive September 2010 in our Blog


Practicing the FAFSA

Before you fill out the official FAFSA form to send in to find out how much financial aid you will be eligible to receive, it is important to make sure you know what will be asked of you.  There is a lot of financial information that you will have to provide, as well as personal information, like your Social Security number and driver’s license number.  Filling out a practice FAFSA online will help get you familiar with the document, so you can be sure you have everything prepared when you fill out the real thing.The US Department of Education has… Read more here!


Making Corrections to Your FAFSA

Already sent in your FAFSA and realized you made some mistakes?  Don’t sweat it.  We’re human; we all make mistakes, and correcting them is easier than you’d think.  Making FAFSA corrections is a common necessity, and you can do it anytime.  Using the PIN number you get with your FAFSA, you can make fix your mistakes online by electronically submitting them through the FAFSA website. If you lost your PIN or no longer remember it, you can request a duplicate.  However, if you request a duplicate or a new PIN, it takes one to three days to process the request,… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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FAFSA: Helpful Tips

Filling out the FAFSA form is little short of time consuming and fairly frustrating.  However, there are a few things you can do to make filling out the form easier and much less stressful.  These FAFSA tips will help you with the process of getting all the paperwork finished on time and correctly in order to ensure that you get all the financial aid benefits you can. Some FAFSA tips... Lower your cash amounts that you have on hand before filling out the FAFSA.  This may sound strange and pretty ridiculous to do, but the more cash you hold with… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | College Savings | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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Financial Aid MBA

The cost of tuition is on the rise, especially with the current state of the economy.  Students throughout the Western hemisphere are finding themselves having to choose between a debt filled education or simply avoiding the college process altogether.  This decision is especially critical to graduate students, who may already be in significant debt after college itself, then have to pay even more to go to graduate school.  Just earlier this month, it was reported that administrators from McGill University in Quebec had raised tuition prices a considerable amount, with the majority of the price hike affecting MBA students. If… Read more here!

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Financial Aid Assistance

If you’re contemplating pulling your hair out from the whole college funding/financial aid process, don’t!  There are many options for financial aid assistance that will help you get the money you need to go to the college of your choice, as well as taking a lot of stress off your shoulders from all the paperwork.  It’s not an easy process to navigate, and you don’t have to do it on your own. Some helpful hints… Apply early for scholarships and grants!  There is only a limited amount of funding available, so the sooner you get your applications in, the better… Read more here!

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Financial Aid Requirements

There are various factors taken into account to determine if you may receive financial aid.  Making sure you have fulfilled the financial aid requirements will ensure that you are eligible for the amount of financial aid you need. Here are a few financial aid requirements to consider: Must be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen Must demonstrate financial aid need Have a high school diploma, GED (General Education Development) certificate or pass a US Department of Education approved test, etc. Must sign an educational statement (the FAFSA, for example) Must have a Social Security number that is legitimate Must maintain… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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FAFSA Calculator

It is really important to be aware of the amount of financial aid you will be eligible to receive.  To do this, you should calculate your expected family contribution (EFC), the amount of money you and your family will be able to contribute toward your education, which will show you how much financial aid you can get. It is beneficial for you to know what to expect when you fill out the actual FAFSA form, obtaining your official EFC, as it is extremely important to avoid making errors in your responses.  Your EFC number determines your eligibility for the Federal… Read more here!

Categories: Financial Aid Applications | FAFSA
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MTV and Financial Aid Help

You probably wouldn’t normally associate MTV with financial aid help.  However, it might be time to start.  MTV is teaming up with the College Board, the nonprofit administrator of the SAT’s, to increase rates of college completion. On September 16, 2010, the two well-known organizations announced their “Get Schooled College Affordability Challenge,” with the help of Grammy-winning artist John Legend.  This challenge is being done through the “Get Schooled” campaign through Howard University, which is aimed at supporting and empowering youth and their families to help solve the problems in the US education system.  The challenge calls for students to… Read more here!

Categories: College Planning | College Savings | Financial Aid
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Many of you may not know where to begin in the process of filling out the FAFSA, which is one of the most critical forms you must fill out in the college process.  If you're stressing over doing this correctly, don't sweat it.  There are a number of things you can do yourself that will make filling out the FAFSA much less complicated. FAFSA help is available in a number of different ways and from various sources. Here are some tips for completing the FAFSA accurately: Apply early! Some federal financial aid is first come, first serve. This means that… Read more here!

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Financial Aid Advisor

Obtaining financial aid can be a confusing and sometimes stressful process, and it is definitely one of the most important steps you will take in making college more affordable. You may consider finding a financial aid advisor to assist you in this process. Many families are turning to financial aid advisors in order to be assured that they are getting the best financial aid resources possible. Advantages of a financial aid advisor Save time and stress caused by extensive research for loans, scholarships and other additional funding options A financial aid advisor completes the numerous amount of financial aid, scholarship… Read more here!

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