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 [...]

Think Financial Aid is a New Language? We’ll Translate!

EFC. SAR. Subsidized. These are just a few of the new words that students seeking out financial aid will need to add to their vocabulary. Counselors report that many do not finish the FAFSA due to confusion over wording. YesU solves this by offering a robust dictionary of terms for users to rely on! Anothher [...]

Thoughts from Wes Moore

Our CEO, Wes Moore, shares his thoughts on higher education in this New Learning Times article!

YesU: Our Story

YesU is now live on Android and iOS! How did we get here? This app wasn’t developed in a vacuum; rather, we at BridgeEdU recognized a specific, urgent need for personalized financial aid guidance, and developed YesU in response. Let’s take a step back. What is BridgeEdU and how does it relate to YesU?  BridgeEdU, [...]

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 [...]