January 2015 Newsletter

January 2014 Financial Aid News Snowflakes

Just Updated: Filing the FAFSA

Filing the FAFSA, 2015-2016 Edition (Cover)The deadline for submitting your 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is sooner than you may think. To be eligible for your state financial aid programs, it’s extremely important to complete your 2015-2016 FAFSA.

If you need help in completing your FAFSA, download our free guide, Filing the FAFSA: The Edvisors Guide to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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Personal Financial Aid Help Tool

Edvisors has created a new free tool that produces personalized tips to help families save for college, apply for student financial aid and borrow/repay student loans. Take a few minutes and get customized tips and strategies based on a family’s circumstances.

Don’t Miss Your FAFSA Deadline

When it comes to the FAFSA, the first question most people ask is: "When is it due?" There is no single, definitive answer. Your deadline depends entirely on where you live. Some states award aid on a first-come, first-served basis, so submitting your FAFSA early could be the difference between receiving state funds or not. As a result, it’s critical to know (and meet) your state’s deadline and complete your FAFSA as early as possible.

Check out your state’s deadline here.

The 7 Scholarships

Seven Scholarships for Community Service

  1. Bonner Scholars Program
  2. The Christopher Reeve Service Award
  3. Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship
  4. Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program
  5. Navin Narayan College Scholarship
  6. Partnership for Public Service Fellowship
  7. Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Monthly Stats

Students who file the FAFSA in January, February or March receive more than twice as much grant funding, on average, as people who file the FAFSA later.

Source: Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President & Publisher of Edvisors.com

Ask the Edvisor: Your Questions, Answered


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FAFSA Error: Missing deadlines. File FAFSA ASAP after January 1. Do not wait for tax returns or admissions decisions.

Term of the Month

Debt-to-Income Ratio

The debt-to-income ratio is the ratio of a borrower’s total debt to the borrower’s annual income. Borrowers with a debt-to-income ratio of 2:1 or more will struggle to repay their debts and may be forced to extend the repayment term on their loans or adopt an austere lifestyle.

See more terms in the Edvisors glossary.

Hot Money Tips

If you need help in filing the FAFSA, download our free guide.