Common Mistakes Students Make On Their FAFSA Application

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to different types of financial aid, including grants, scholarships and loans. Making a mistake on your FAFSA application can cost you money. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon. Every year, hundreds of students lose out on financial aid that they are entitled to because of …

The Difference Between Grants and Scholarships

In your search for financial aid, you’ve likely come across the phrase “grants and scholarships”. And while you may know that both terms mean you don’t have to pay the money back, you might be wondering: What’s the difference? Grants are usually funded by the state or federal government. The most common one is the …

Financial Aid Timeline: Know What to Do and When

The financial aid process can be a bit daunting. Different forms of aid have different formalities, different eligibility requirements, and different deadlines too. The key to benefiting from the various financial aid schemes is to understand and keep track of the requirements and deadlines. Financial aid is typically distributed on a first come first served …

How GPA and Test Scores Affect Financial Aid Opportunities

Over the course of your high school career, you’ve probably been told to make sure you keep your grades up. You’ve probably stressed about your standardized test scores and your GPA. Those two factors play a very large role in the college admissions process. But do better grades result in better financial aid opportunities? In …

Bad Excuses for Not Filing for Financial Aid

No matter the reason, every student should be filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application For Federal Student Aid, each year. Here are a few reasons we’ve heard students give when asked why they didn’t complete the application: I Won’t Qualify The number one reason that students or parents don’t complete the FAFSA is because …

How To Improve Your Credit Score During College

With tests, student loans, and plenty of studying, credit scores are often forgotten during college. However, these years are a great time to start working on your score. When you graduate, if your score is strong, it will help you get the things you need, like a car or an apartment. Here are some small …

Fun Facts about Financial Aid in America!

Many students are anxious when it comes to financial aid. How do I find it? Do I qualify for any? When are the deadlines? While applying for financial aid should be taken seriously—you don’t want to be lax about your applications—it’s always good to step back a little, take a deep breath, and keep these …