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FAFSA Changes: What This Means for Grandparents and Families

Starting with the school year of 2023-2024, students will no longer need to disclose cash support during the FAFSA application. Grandparents with 529 accounts for their grandchildren who wish to use these funds toward college tuition may do so without negatively impacting their grandchildren’s eligibility for financial aid.

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Financial Aid Changes on the Horizon

The U.S. Department of Education has designated February as Financial Aid Awareness Month, and this year there’s a  lot to talk about. On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, another relief package in response to the pandemic. Included in the bill were several provisions related to education, including many changes to financial aid. Here are some key highlights.

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FAFSA for 2021-2022 Academic Year Opens on October 1

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2021-2022 year opens on   October 1, 2020. The FAFSA is a prerequisite for federal student loans, grants, and work-study. In addition, colleges typically require the FAFSA before distributing their own need-based aid and, in some cases, merit-based aid.

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When Should I File the FAFSA?

When Should I File the FAFSA?

The FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the federal government’s financial aid application. The FAFSA is a prerequisite for federal student loans, grants, and work-study. In addition, colleges typically require the FAFSA before distributing their own need-based aid and, in some cases, merit-based aid.

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