New strategies to get more financial aid

Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and Kaitlin Pitsker •
Kiplinger

Starting this fall, the process of applying for financial aid gets a reboot. College students and their families will be able to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid–used to determine financial aid from the government as well as from colleges–three months earlier, or as early as October 1. Instead of estimating data from

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Best ways to help your grandkids pay for college

Sandra Block, Senior Associate Editor, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance •
Kiplinger

If you’re a grandparent, you’ve probably thought about helping your grandchildren pay for college. The cost of college tuition has risen sharply since the days when your own children went to school, straining family finances and forcing many students to take out loans. One option that’s popular with grandparents is to invest in a 529

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