3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines You Should Pay Attention To

Ed.gov – Drew Goins

“Ah, deadlines. The sworn enemy of students across the nation. When you’re busy with classes, extracurricular activities, and a social life in whatever time you’ve got left, it’s easy to lose track and let due dates start whooshing by. All of a sudden, your U.S. history paper is due at midnight, and you still don’t know Madison from a minuteman. We get it. Nevertheless, we’re here to point out a few critical deadlines that you really shouldn’t miss: those to do with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). By submitting your FAFSA late, you might be forfeiting big money that can help you pay for college. Luckily for you, you’ve got just three types of deadlines to stay on top of. Now if only your Founding Father flashcards were that simple. Here are those three deadlines:”(more)

The Obama Administration Proposes $2 Billion More In College Aid

NPR Ed – Anya Kamenetz

“President Obama has increased college aid by over $50 billion since coming into office. And he’s trying to do more. Acting Education Secretary John King announced two new proposals today that would expand the Pell Grant program, the biggest pot of federal money for students with financial need…Both of these ideas are examples of a current trend in higher education: financial aid used as a carrot to encourage students to complete their degrees.”(more)

5 crunch-time tips for filing student financial aid FAFSA forms

USA Today – Susan Tompor

“We’re looking at a quirky new year for financial aid applications for college. Parents and students face the prospect of filing two FAFSAs in 2016. Yes, two times the bury-your-head-in-paperwork fun in one year. It’s a one-time blip because of an upcoming change in the rules for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The new rules kick off for the 2017-18 school year when filling out FAFSA forms will start on Oct. 1, 2016. For students heading to college in the 2016-17 school year, though, the timetable remains the same as in past years when the FAFSA filing season starts Jan. 1. So it’s time to get moving on the first FAFSA round for the year.”(more)

Wyoming the Most Affordable State for College, Report Says

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report released by the Urban Institute in Washington, DC has examined the cost of higher education in all 50 states and the reasons behind the various stages of affordability. The report, “Financing Public Higher Education: Variation Across States,” found Wyoming to be the most affordable state to earn a bachelor’s degree in. Authors Sandy Baum and Martha Johnson determined the state to have the lowest tuition for residents enrolled in a four-year program and the eighth lowest community college tuition in the nation. According to the report, tuition at a four-year school costs students who live in Wyoming an average of $4,646 per academic year. Meanwhile, New Hampshire was found to have the highest tuition in the country, charging $14,712 per academic year. Wyoming has the second-highest level of funding per full-time student, offering more than $15,000 per student each year.”(more)

Before You List Colleges on Your FAFSA, Read This

Time – Mark Kantrowitz

“The rules are changing this year, but the schools you list and the order you put them in can still affect your financial aid. You probably know that your income and assets are important factors in determining your eligibility for college aid. But did you know that the schools you list on the Free Federal Application for Financial Aid, or FAFSA, can also play a role? When students file the online FAFSA, they can list up to 10 colleges that they’re interested in. Most students list them in preference order.”(more)

Three reasons your kid should be applying to more than one college

The Washington Post – Danielle Douglas-Gabriel

“You know the old adage don’t put all your eggs in one basket? Despite that conventional wisdom, a troubling number of high school students only applied to only one college last year. Nearly two-thirds of students filling out the 2014-15 FAFSA, which the government and colleges use to determine need- and some merit-based financial aid, listed one college on the form, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Education. While that’s better than the 80 percent who recorded one school in 2008-2009, too many students are selling themselves short. Here are a few reasons why:”(more)