Tag: need-based aid

When should I file the FAFSA?

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Apply for the FAFSA ASAP after October 1. There are sometimes limited grants or loans that run out, so it is true that the early bird gets the worm. read more

I don't think I'll be eligible for any financial aid; should I apply anyway?

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Some students don't apply because they think their parents make too much money, but it's impossible to say what income is too high. We had a student whose family made well over $80,000 a year, and the student qualified for everything. read more

Types of College Financial Aid


How your financial need is met is as important as how much of it is met. Consider final out-of-pocket costs rather than total offered. read more

Financial Aid for US Citizens Living Abroad

Vice President for Enrollment Management, Lynn University

Returning to the States for university? Not only will you bring a unique international perspective, but as a U.S. citizen living abroad, you are eligible for federal financial aid. read more

Financial Aid at Public Colleges and Universities: Funding Your Future

Assistant Vice President for International Enrollment Management, State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Nowhere else on Earth will you find a public university system like the one in the United States. It's big, accessible, comprehensive, and pretty inexpensive too, especially if you stay "in state." But as affordable as public schools can be, you and your family may not be able to cover all the costs. Don't worry--you're not alone. read more

Introduction to the CSS/PROFILE


The CSS/PROFILE is a standard form, similar to the FAFSA. However, schools can supplement the form with hundreds of their own questions. read more