FAFSA

How Unwary Grandparents Can Wreck Your College Financial Aid

It's only getting harder for parents to pay for their children's college bills alone -- so help from generous relatives can be a godsend. But be warned: If the college savings plan grandpa is using isn't set up properly, that "help" can actually hurt the student's financial aid package.

What Are the Best Value Colleges? Rob Franek Tells All

College costs are rising, student loan debt is nearing $1 trillion, and money is still tight everywhere. So if you're a parents or a soon-to-matriculate student, you'll want to hear what the Princeton Review's Rob Franek has to say about the best value colleges of 2012.

Are College Cost Calculators Flunking the Math?

Oct. 29 is the deadline for U.S. colleges to put "net price calculators" on their websites -- tools intended to estimate the real cost of attending for each specific student. But the most widely adopted calculator is inaccurate -- to the tune of thousands of dollars, experts say.

Why Most Colleges Should Give Up Need-Blind Admissions

The idea of need-blind admissions is noble: Offering qualified applicants admission to a university, regardless of their financial circumstances. But in too many cases, need-blind admissions mean young scholars are accepted to their dream schools under circumstances that would make attending financial suicide.

How to Check FAFSA Status

It's that time again. College acceptances are starting to arrive, and students already enrolled in college need to prepare for next year's...

Common FAFSA Mistakes to Avoid

It isn't easy, filling out college forms for FAFSA -- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In trying to determine how much financial aid you...

Why You Should Pay for College Without Financial Aid

A $15,000-a-year state college and a private one with much higher fees that are reduced to $15,000 by financial aid and scholarships -- paying for either is the same, right? Wrong! Find out why the cheaper option will save you many money headaches.

The problem with streamlining FAFSA

There has been a fair amount of complaining about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the government-administered form the...