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Transferring your student loan debt to a 0% balance transfer credit may make sense if you can pay it off in the intro period. If you can't, however, avoid this strategy.
The FAFSA takes around 1 hour to complete if you do it online or 3 hours if you do it by paper. It takes around 3 to 5 days to receive the results if you include an email or 7 to 10 days if you only included a physical address.
If you want to send your FAFSA information to more than 10 schools, you will need to wait until you receive your Student Aid Report and then have it sent to them by going online, calling, or sending paper mail to the Federal Student Aid Program.
The amount of financial aid you may receive from the FAFSA is highly dependent on you and your parents' financial situation. Grants, work-study programs, and student loan amounts all vary based on the school you are attending and the information you submit in the FAFSA.
If you don't live with your parents, you may be considered an independent student in terms of the FAFSA. This will likely increase the amount of aid that you're eligible for.
Your legal residence for the FAFSA typically is where your parents or legal guardians live. There are, however, often situations where the answer isn't so clear such as when your parents live in different locations.
Raise offers a private student loan option for borrowers with good credit or who have a creditworthy cosigner. Its interest rates are slightly higher than some other student loan lenders, so you might consider shopping around to make sure you're getting the lowest rate. If you do borrow from Raise, you won't have the option to defer payments while in school.
When you were younger, you likely thought that your parents had the magical ability to get anything they wanted by swiping a card or handing over a few bills. But then one day, they explained why they couldn’t buy you a Barbie or toy truck every time they went to the store and you realized […]