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March 13, 2012

High School Officials Can Now Track Completed FAFSAs

A new tool from the U.S. Department of Education lets schools track FAFSA completion of students.

February 19, 2012

If You Need Financial Help for College, Look to These Schools

U.S. News lists 62 colleges that claim to cover 100 percent of student financial need.

January 30, 2012

Experts Advise Doing FAFSA Forms Early for Best Chance of Aid

Although families could start filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Jan. 1, many put it off. However, with dwindling financial-aid dollars, some institutions and states are doling out awards on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted. Dates vary by sta...

January 04, 2012

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Opens for 2012-13

With college applications mostly done, now high school students can turn their energy to how to pay for school. January 1 was the first day that families could fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To get started, gather the following documents: Social Security card; driver's lic...

January 03, 2012

Most—But Not All—Colleges Roll Out Net-Price Calculators

Despite a new federal requirement that colleges have a "net price calculator" on their websites, 272 institutions have yet to comply, and some calculators are hard to find. The assessment is provided by, a new McLean, Va.-based company that tracks compliance with the manda...

December 21, 2011

Confusion Over Net-Price College Costs May Deter Students

It's true that college is expensive. But with financial aid, it's more accessible than many families—particularly low-income families—realize. Too often, families overestimate the cost of college and are unaware of the grants and scholarships available to help finance it, according to a p...

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