It's Easy to Correct Most FAFSA Mistakes, But Please Do Fix Them Quickly

We've noticed that a lot of folks appear to be searching for information on how to correct mistakes in their FAFSAs. First the good news: If you did make an error, you haven't made the biggest mistake regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The biggest mistake you can make is to NOT submit the FAFSA, which is required paperwork for nearly four-fifths of all the financial aid awarded annually in the U.S. – $191 billion during the 2013-14 award year. And, there's more good news....Read More
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What Happens to My Financial Aid If I Withdraw from School?

Steps to Take if You Withdraw From CollegeThere’s a motto: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Having to withdraw from school is something that no one typically plans to do. But life happens, so let’s make some plans just in case it happens to you, especially if you received financial aid to attend college. Besides, it always helps to know the ground rules. Regardless of when you withdraw: Read More
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Free Video Tutorials Can Pace You Through Your FAFSA

If you'd rather watch than read a FAFSA how-to guide, you're in luck. The University of California Santa Barbara has updated its helpful series of video tutorials to help you complete the 2015-16 FAFSA. UCSB's YouTube website currently is featuring eight videos that detail how to complete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid – the mission-critical application you need complete if you're seeking financial assistance, such as federal grants, state grants, institutional merit...Read More
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Maximum Federal Pell Grant Will Rise to $5,775 for 2015-16 Award Year

Maximum Pell Grant for 2015-16 Financial Aid Award YearThe maximum amount college students can receive under a Federal Pell Grant for the 2015-16 financial aid award year will be $5,775, an increase of $45 from the maximum amount for the 2014-15 award year. The new maximum was announced in late January by the U.S. Department of Education, which manages the Pell Grant program. Pell Grants are the nation's largest source of need-based college grants — money that students do not have to pay back. According to a government tally, nearly $32 billion in...Read More
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The 2015-16 FAFSA Is Available en Español

2015-16 FAFSA in SpanishNeed FAFSA Info en Español? Then you're in luck. The U.S. Department of Education provides key FAFSA resources in Spanish, including the online application, helpful instructions, the online form to request the all-important FAFSA PIN, the old-fashioned paper FAFSA, and the FAFSA4caster service, which helps you estimate your eligibility for federal financial aid. Don't let language be a barrier to completing your FAFSA, which is the critical first step when applying not only for Federal Pell...Read More
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Wondering How to Answer FAFSA Question No. 59?

One of the hardest FAFSA questions for dependent students living with modern families is Question No. 59. Due to recent changes in federal rules governing marital status definitions, many students may be stumped by this question, which asks: "As of today, what is the marital status of your legal parents?"   FAFSA Question 59 Parent Marital StatusQuestion 59 offers five possible answers, as shown in the accompanying image, which was captured from the paper version of the 2015-16 FAFSA.  How you answer this question essentially...Read More
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U.S.-Born Students With Undocumented Parents Can Submit the FAFSA

U.S.-born students whose parents are foreign nationals are eligible for financial aid and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For undergraduates who are deemed to be dependent students, that means a parent is needed to help complete the FAFSA.  Because the FAFSA basically was designed for students whose parents are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, it shouldn't be a surprise that many students with "undocumented" parents aren’t sure whether or just how...Read More
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Modern Families Can Use This Quiz to Answer FAFSA Question #59

2015-16 Who's My FAFSA Parent? QuizOne of the most popular features at the CollegeUp.org website is our "Who's My FAFSA Parent?" quiz. That's not a surprise, since many students find it hard to answer this seemingly simple question. The answer isn’t necessarily obvious for students whose parents are divorced, recently separated, or never got married. And, a student can’t necessarily enlist the parent who claimed the dependent exemption at tax time. And, yes, there are federal rules, but those take a great deal of patience to read...Read More
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It’s Definitely OK to Submit Your FAFSA Before You File Your Taxes ‒ Here’s How to Do It

CollegeUp.org FAFSA Clinic - Filing FAFSA Before Filing TaxesStudents and parents are often urged to complete their taxes and then file the FAFSA  ̶  the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. But that’s a hard rule to follow. Many, if not most, states and universities impose early deadlines for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The majority of these so-called priority deadlines fall well before April 15, 2015 – the IRS deadline for filing your federal return for the 2014 tax year. Quite a few states instruct students to...Read More
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2015-16 FAFSA Worksheet Is Now Available

With the new FAFSA filing season ready to kick off shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve, the U.S. Department of Education's website has published the 2015-16 "FAFSA on the Web Worksheet." If you are a FAFSA newbie and are planning to complete your FAFSA on the Web (and most people do), you can get started on collecting the information you need by downloading the worksheet, which offers a four-page preview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Reading or at least perusing the...Read More
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