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The US government just made 2 big changes to the FAFSA — and it could help millions of students get help paying for college

There are two:<p>1. <b>The FAFSA will be made available in October</b> of the year before a student begins school, instead of January the year of enrollment.<p>2. <b>The FAFSA will use tax information from the last year all taxes have been filed</b> (called the "prior-prior" year), not the current year.<p>These changes …

Cyberattack 101: Why Hackers Are Going After Universities

With their vast stores of personal data and expensive research, universities are prime targets for hackers looking to graduate from swiping credit card numbers.<p>These aren't college kids trying to change their grades. They're potentially "nation-state actors" much like the hackers who have targeted …

Cybersecurity

This is the college savings plan most Americans need to know about

Assets in 529 plans reached a record level of $258.2 billion in June, a 5.6% year-over-year increase, according to the College Savings Plans Network, an association of the state-sponsored plans. Those figures combine the assets of 529 college savings plans, which offer tax-advantaged investments to …

The New College Scorecard: NPR Does Some Math

The Obama Administration's long awaited, and slightly-different-than-planned College Scorecard is open ... for interpretation.<p>The new tool combines data from the Treasury and IRS with Department of Education records on more than 7,000 colleges and universities, going back 18 years. Anyone can …

College & University

Did you just win a college scholarship? Or not? Marketing can be deceptive

What high school student wouldn't love to pick up the phone and hear that he or she has been selected for a $20,000 scholarship?<p>The college wasn't on your radar. But then again, that's probably why you just got that call.<p>As a parent of a high school senior, I'm seeing some quirky marketing that …

College & University