FSA ID replaced FAFSA Pin

On May 10, 2015, the FSA ID replaced the FAFSA Pin as the new login and electronic signature process that will be used by the Department of Education.  For students, parents and borrowers the FSA ID will be the electronic method used to apply for federal student aid and access any federal student aid records online.…

Financial Aid Information Sources

The college decision process requires a great deal of information that needs to be considered.  Finding the best sources of financial aid information is important.  This video walks through the various information providers and their purpose in the process.  Understanding that the college process is big business and your decision process should be objective.  Getting…

Award Letter Comparison

The college selection and the award letter comparison is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent or as a student.  Understanding the financial details of the financial aid award letter is critical. Trying to prioritize the colleges can become more difficult when the number of applications is large. Parents need to…

EFC PLUS College Cost Analyzer Software

A college net price calculator gives families an estimation of their possible financial aid at each college.  It calculates the estimated net price of attendance at a school by taking the cost of attendance and subtracting eligible grants and scholarship aid based on a family’s current financial strength.  The federal government requires each college to…

Student Loan Forgiveness

  Student loan forgiveness programs are a great way to lower your student debt.  Based on the career you are selecting, having knowledge of how the student loan forgiveness program works can make your college decision easier.  If you are considering a career in the government, education or medicine, your opportunities are significantly better. One…

Educational Tax Credit

An education tax credit or tax scholarship is a great way to pay tuition.  This part of paying for college is often overlooked and not understood.   Some of the confusion is related to the definition of qualified educational expenses.  In most cases the qualified education expenses is tuition, fees and books.  The qualified education…