PS-Top 5 FAFSA FAQs for 2016-17

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step in accessing the more than $150 billion available in federal student aid. To help you get a head start on your FAFSA, below are the answers to the top 5 questions we’ve been getting on our Facebook and Twitter accounts:   1. [...]

A Guide to Reporting Parent Info on Your FAFSA

If you’re planning to go to college in fall 2016, you will definitely want to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Not only does the FAFSA give you access to grants and loans from the federal government, but many states and schools also use information from the FAFSA to award their financial aid. If [...]

Your Federal Student Loans Just Got Easier to REPAYE

Beginning today, Federal Direct Loan borrowers can take advantage of a new repayment plan: REPAYE (the Revised Pay As You Earn Plan). Some of you may be familiar with the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Repayment Plan, which caps payments at 10% of a borrower’s monthly income and forgives any remaining balance on your student [...]

7 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

Need to fill out the FAFSA® but don’t know where to start? I’m here to help. You’ve already done the hard part and gathered all of the necessary information, so now it’s time to complete the FAFSA. Let me walk you through it step by step: IMPORTANT: On May 10, 2015, we changed the way [...]

11 Common FAFSA Mistakes

The 2016–17 FAFSA® is now available! The online FAFSA has gotten a lot easier over the last few years. Thanks to improvements like skip logic, where you only see questions that are applicable to you; and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows you to import your tax information from the IRS directly into the FAFSA application, the FAFSA [...]

Excitement and concern about ‘Prior-Prior Year’ FAFSA changes

Plenty of questions remain unanswered after the White House announced Sunday a rejiggering of when and how students apply for federal financial aid. Starting in 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be available earlier, in October rather than January, and applicants will be able to use income information [...]

Key FAFSA changes kick in this year: Families should be aware of earlier start date for filling out federal student aid form

For more than 34,000 Kansas public and private school students, this month marks the start of their senior years. As they consider what to do after high school, they and their families should be aware of changes to the federal student aid process. Starting this year, students can fill out a FAFSA as early as [...]

Tennessee tops nation in FAFSA completion — again

More than 70 percent of Tennessee's high school seniors applied to get federal aid for college during the last school year, a rate higher than any other state in the country, according to data from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. This marks the second straight year the state has led the nation in completion of the Free [...]

Will Early FAFSA Mean Earlier Financial Aid Packages?

Not necessarily, but the form's new, October 1 release date may mean lots of confusion. November 1 sounds crazy early as a financial aid deadline. W. Kent Barnds knows that. To require that financial aid applications be submitted before high school seniors have proofread their application essays or even finished taking their SATs is a [...]

Taking the Initiative to Apply Early for Financial Aid Could Mean Getting More

Most students realize they have to fill out the FAFSA—Free Application for Federal Student Aid—to be eligible for need-based financial aid. What they may not realize is that the sooner the form is submitted, the more money you might get. The new FAFSA deadlines can help. Even more confusing is that each state manages its [...]