Alexandra is a former NerdWallet editor and content strategist who focused on higher-education financing.
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What Is a Pell Grant?
The Pell Grant is a need-based federal financial aid program for undergraduates from low-income families.
Your FAFSA Questions Answered
Students must file the FAFSA to get financial aid. Here's what you need to know to apply and what comes next.
Which to Borrow: Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized Student Loans
Anyone can borrow unsubsidized federal loans, but those who qualify for the subsidized version save more money in interest.
How to Get Forgiveness for Your Perkins Loans
Perkins loan holders who work in a public service position are eligible to have their student debt forgiven.
FAFSA Renewal: 3 Steps to a Pain-Free Application
A FAFSA renewal is easy to submit, but you should complete it early and double check all pre-filled information.
Do You Have to Fill Out the FAFSA Every Year?
You must submit the FAFSA every year you're in college if you want to receive aid.
Satisfactory Academic Progress: What It Is, How to Appeal
Satisfactory Academic Progress is the standard students must meet to remain eligible for federal financial aid.
How to Spot Student Loan Repayment Scams
Companies that charge upfront fees, promise immediate forgiveness and pressure you to sign up are red flags.
Enrolling in Autopay for your Student Loans Will Save You Money
When you enroll in autopay you'll get a 0.25 percentage point reduction in your interest rate.
What Is Adverse Credit History?
Adverse credit is a negative mark on your credit report that will disqualify you from receiving federal PLUS loans.
How to Afford College for Your Kid
Prioritize retirement savings before you help your kid pay for college with a loan or by tapping your home’s equity.
Filling Out the FAFSA: I am a U.S. Citizen, But My Parents are Undocumented Immigrants
All U.S. citizens are eligible for federal financial aid, regardless of their parents' immigration status.