Which Colleges Require CSS Profile?

CSS, FAFSA, EFC; the acronyms often seem endless. However, each one is equally important, and the CSS Profile is something all parents, guardians, and students should familiarize themselves with. The CSS Profile is one type of online application that determines financial aid. It’s used by colleges and scholarship programs alike and, as such, tudents who […]

Everything You Need to Know About Filling Out FAFSA

If you or your child is among the millions of students seeking a degree from a college or university, then it’s important to understand the basics of filling out the FAFSA. The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, offers countless benefits. For example, federal student loans are known for their reduced interest rates, […]

College Saving Strategies

It’s reported that 85% of students receive financial aid to offset the cost of tuition. This may include loans, grants, scholarships, and more. However, parents need to focus on the best college-saving strategies, working to prepare for their child’s continued education. The type of college a student attends plays a large role in how much […]

Understanding College Financial Aid: What You Need to Know

During the 2021-2021 FAFSA application cycle, 17.8 million forms were completed. Whether you’re a student or parent, you’re probably wondering about the application process and what’s involved. It’s important to have a firm understanding of what financial aid is, exactly. “Financial aid” is a blanket term for any funds provided by a private lender, educational […]

What Is FAFSA, and How Do You Qualify?

Anyone looking for federal student aid must complete the FAFSA form. You don’t have to pay to complete it, as it’s free. Additionally, you’ll have access to different forms of financial aid as you pursue higher education. But what does FAFSA stand for? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Most colleges and […]

Here’s What You Need to Know About the FAFSA Simplification Act

During the 2020-2021 FAFSA application cycle, 17.8 million FAFSAs were submitted. If you’re planning on applying for the first time, you may have heard about the FAFSA Simplification Act. Starting during the 2024-2025 award year, the FAFSA Simplification Act will change the way federal aid is provided to students. This might make parents, guardians, and […]

Parent PLUS Loan: Everything You Need to Know

Consider the following: the average student pays $36,436 annually for college tuition, supplies, living expenses, and books. If you’re looking to help your child finance college, then a Parent PLUS loan is worth investigating. With so many loan options to choose from, both federal and private, it’s important to understand what each loan offers. This […]

Paying Your EFC for College

Consider the following information: 36.7% of undergraduate students receive federal loans that average $8,285. Another 42% of undergraduate students receive an estimated $5,179 just in federal grants. Even more importantly, in a single academic year, it’s reported that $2 billion in federal student grants remain unused by students. With this amount of federal money in […]