#YesUCan – Stories of Student Success

Inspired by the challenges that our BridgeEdU On-Campus scholars faced in understanding the FAFSA process and funding their education (read more about that venture here), the BridgeEdU team decided to develop a comprehensive financial aid guide on a mobile platform that could be accessible to all students and their families. After months of research and [...]

YesU Featured by the National Association for College Admission Counseling!

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is a leader in higher education research and innovation. The YesU team is proud to have our app featured on their blog this week! Learn more about our story with this article. http://admitted.nacacnet.org/wordpress/index.php/2017/04/14/yesu-new-app-helps-families-navigate-the-financial-aid-process/

Data Retrieval Tool Down – YesU Can Help!

To measure a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the FAFSA asks for over a hundred pieces of information, including financial information from tax returns and income statements. Most 18 year olds do not have a deep understanding of tax forms or even of their families’ income. Prior to 2010, students had to manually enter tax [...]

Important Update on the Data Retrieval Tool

YesU encourages the use of the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), a website that can transfer your income from the IRS when filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As of 3/10, this system will be unavailable indefinitely. Please file your FAFSA anyway and use the income from your and your family’s 2015 federal [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]