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Common FAFSA Mistakes

Get ready: the FAFSA is coming. The 2015-2016 FAFSA will be available in just a couple of days, on Jan. 1. Here are some common mistakes people make in completing the FAFSA: Not doing it: Yes, the FAFSA takes time but no, you should not skip it, even if you don’t think you’ll be eligible for aid. Why not? Because…

FAFSA Treatment of Retirement Plan Contributions

Behold, FAFSA season is upon us! Well, not entirely– the FAFSA isn’t available until January 1. Nonetheless, confusion and questions about the FAFSA abound already. One of the more confusing aspects of the FAFSA is how retirement plan contributions are counted. “Wait,” you say, “I thought my retirement plan doesn’t count on the FAFSA!” It’s true that your retirement plan…

School-specific student loan calculator

Wondering what the student debt picture looks like at schools you’re interested in? The New York Times has a new calculator here that shows specific schools’ graduates’ average debt levels, plus what the monthly payment on those debts looks like, how much interest you’ll pay, and how much the new graduate would need to earn in order for that debt…

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