Financial Aid

College is expensive. Many students use financial aid in the form of loans to help cover the cost of tuition and books. These articles will explain the ins and outs of college financial aid.

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How Lifetime Learning Tax Credits Work

Every year, millions of American adults head into college classrooms to improve their job skills or upgrade their resumes. Higher education may be pricey, but the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit can help alleviate the financial burden.

How Financial Aid for Full-time Students Works

Unless you (or your parents) are independently wealthy, your search for the right college will probably begin with a search for all available financial aid options. If you plan to be a full-time student, you'll have a few more options to choose from.

How can financial aid be spent?

Planning on using the leftover cash from your student loan to pay for a brand new computer for school? Not so fast. The type of financial aid you receive may dictate how you can use those last remaining dollars.

How does GPA affect financial aid?

With college tuition soaring toward the quarter-million-dollar mark, competition for financial aid is fierce. How much will grades affect your chances obtaining merit-based and need-based aid?

How Financial Aid Refund Checks Work

Your financial aid has been credited to your college account, but now there's money left over. So when can you expect your refund check, and what do you need to know before you spend your leftover cash?

How Free Financial Aid Works

The cost of a college education continues to rise, making the idea of free financial aid highly attractive. So where do you begin the search for funds?

How to Check Your Financial Aid Status

Financial aid can help reduce the expense of college. So how do you determine how much assistance you're eligible for?

How to Get the Most Financial Aid

College is expensive, but fortunately, there are lots of options financial aid options out there. Where do you start when applying for financial aid, and how do you make sure you'll collect the most assistance you can?

How Financial Aid for Online Degrees Works

You're sold on the convenience of getting your college degree from the comfort of your couch and computer. Now how exactly are you going to pay for it?

How Paying Off Student Loans Works

It won't be long now before the banks come looking for that money they lent you to go to college. How do you pay it back? It all depends on what kind of loan you have.

How Financial Aid Calculators Work

There are a lot of costs associated with getting your academic degree, and many people need financial assistance. But how do you determine just how much money you'll need before you're through?

How Early Decision Affects Financial Aid

If you apply early decision, you might increase the likelihood that you'll be accepted into your dream college. But will you hurt your chances to receive financial aid?

Top 5 Tips For Applying For Financial Aid

With the cost of higher education rising, many students find themselves in need of financial aid. Though there are no sure bets, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of winning an award.

How Scholarships Work

A scholarship is a gift of money that funds your college education. You don't have to be a star football player or straight-A student to get one, but you do need some scholarship savvy. Consider this your crash course in securing cash for college.

How Pell Grants Work

Most college students have to worry about paying for classes, books, food, and rent. They have to work jobs, study to keep their grades up, and show up for classes on time. So the government began offering Pell Grants to students in need.

What if I have twins and need to send them to college?

Two kids in college at the same time? Yikes, right? People are managing it today, but what will it be like 15 years from now, especially knowing scholarships and financial aid may only go so far?

How 529 Plans Work

Do you need money for your children's college education? Open a 529 plan and start saving while you still have the time.

How College Financial Aid Works

There's a lot of assistance out there -- the school you've worked toward is within your reach. Find out about getting money for college.