Keeping the Promise: Announcing a New StudentAid.gov – Education Article

By: Chief Operating Officer Mark Brown, Federal Student Aid New StudentAid.gov Hi. I’m Mark Brown, the chief operating officer at Federal Student Aid (FSA). Today marks my first post on the Homeroom blog, and do I have exciting news for you! StudentAid.gov—your trusted source to learn about, apply for, and manage your federal student aid—is all new and better than ever! Let me explain … Each year, FSA’s top-four websites are visited more than 120 million times. These sites offer a…

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A mandaory FAFSA for high school diplomas coul college graduation rate – Education Article

The Hechinger Report is a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get stories like this delivered directly to your inbox. Here’s an idea worth pursuing: Make every U.S. high school student complete a FAFSA before graduating, to move more students toward college. Here are two more: Hire more school counselors, and simplify the forms for federal aid. As part of a larger movement to bring college-admissions requirements to students, rather…

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8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form – Education Article

1. Create an account (FSA ID) Student: An FSA ID is a username and password you need to sign the FAFSA form online. If you don’t have an FSA ID, get an FSA ID here ASAP. It takes about 10 minutes to create an FSA ID. If this will be your first time filling out the FAFSA form, you’ll be able to use your FSA ID right away to sign and submit your FAFSA form online. If this is not your first time…

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA® Form When You Have More Than One Child in College – Education Article

Having one child who is heading to college can be stressful but having to help multiple children at the same time can feel overwhelming. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about filling out the FAFSA form when you have more than one child in college: How many FSA IDs will my children and I need? An FSA ID is a username and password combination that serves as your legal electronic signature throughout the financial aid process. You…

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The Parent’s Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA® Form – Education Article

While the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is the student’s application, we know that parents often play a large role in the process. After all, students who are considered dependent have to provide parental information on the FAFSA form anyway and must have a parent sign it. While we recommend that the student start his or her own FAFSA form, we know that’s not always what happens. With that in mind, we wanted to provide instructions for parents who are starting…

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Scholarship Basics and Tips – ED.gov Blog – Education Article

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 no guarantee that you’ll actually be awarded any money, and sometimes it can seem like a whole lot of work for a whole lot of…

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11 Common FAFSA® Mistakes – ED.gov Blog – Education Article

The 2020–21 FAFSA® will be available October 1! If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, you should fill out your FAFSA form as soon as possible! Just make sure you don’t make one of these common mistakes: 1. Not Completing the FAFSA Form We hear all kinds of reasons: “The FAFSA form is too hard.” “It takes too long to complete.” “I’ll never qualify anyway, so why does it matter?” It does matter. For one,…

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Student Loan Forgiveness (and Other Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans) – Education Article

Here’s a question a lot of people may be wondering… Is it really possible to have my federal student loans forgiven or to get help repaying them? The answer is: Yes! However, there are very specific eligibility requirements for each situation in which you can apply for loan forgiveness or receive help with repayment. Loan forgiveness means that you don’t have to pay back some or all of your loan. You never know what you may be eligible for, so take…

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9 Myths About the FAFSA® Form and Applying for Financial Aid – Education Article

There’s so much information available about financial aid for college or career school that it can be hard to tell the facts from fiction. We’ve got you covered! Here are some common myths—and the real scoop—about financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. MYTH 1:My parents make too much money, so I won’t qualify for any aid. FACT: The reality is there’s no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. It doesn’t matter if you have a…

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