Applying for Financial Aid

There are several steps in the financial aid application process. This collection of articles will explain everything from applications to checking your loan status.

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How Financial Aid Application Deadlines Work

If you don't fill out a FAFSA -- or if you miss the deadline -- you're throwing away free money. Your school and federal government can help you pay for college, but you've got to do your part by crossing each "t" and dotting each "i" before June 30.


10 Tips for Repaying Student Loans

The late-night study sessions, the absent-minded professors, the lifetime's worth of memories and friends: College truly is an investment -- of time, energy and (you guessed it) money.

Even if both of your parents are employed, you may be eligible for financial aid. Learn whether you can receive financial aid with two working parents.

How Financial Aid Applications Work

For most students, applying for financial aid is an important part of preparing for college. What can you do to be sure your application is perfect?

How do SAT scores affect financial aid?

Just when you thought you'd beaten the odds and gained acceptance to the college of your choice, the numbers game begins anew as you start to figure out how to pay for school. Luckily for you, your SAT score might be your ace in the hole.

How FAFSA Follow-up Works

In addition to completing the FAFSA as early as possible, it's crucial that you follow up on it diligently and expediently. Not doing so can crush your plans for getting the education you're depending on.

How the FAFSA Works

Getting into college sure is exciting -- until you start figuring out how to pay for it. Your financial aid journey begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid; college students know this fearsome form as the FAFSA.

How Financial Aid Appeal Letters Work

There are many reasons to have your request for financial aid declined. But you can appeal the school's decision. What can you say in your letter to convince administrators to reconsider your case?

How Qualifying For Financial Aid Works

Paying for college is getting more and more expensive, so a helping hand in the form of aid can ease any strain. How do you know if you qualify for financial aid, and which types should you consider?

How Financial Aid Application Deadlines Work

If you don't fill out a FAFSA -- or if you miss the deadline -- you're throwing away free money. Your school and federal government can help you pay for college, but you've got to do your part by crossing each "t" and dotting each "i" before June 30.

How Financial Aid History Works

Your financial aid history encapsulates all of the outside aid you've ever received for school, from grade school on up. How can that record affect you, long after you've stopped hitting the books?