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2012-2013 FAFSA Form Now Available Online

Sunday January 1, 2012

The final version of the 2012-2013 FAFSA form is now available online. The new PDF version of the form includes financial aid deadlines for each state.

The form can be submitted as early as January 1, 2012, but must not be received any later than June of 2013.

To view the form, visit www.FAFSA.gov.

Links to Over 50 Illinois Online Scholarship Applications - March 1st Deadline

Tuesday December 27, 2011

If you live in Northern Illinois, you're going to love this link.

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is now accepting online applications for over 50 different scholarships, totaling over $250,000 in funds.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is March 1st, so don't waste any time.

Visit www.CFNIL.org today!

Free Tuition for Buffalo Students for Next 20 Years

Friday December 23, 2011

In an announcement whose details have yet to be fleshed out, the City of Buffalo has announced that it will pay for college for most graduates of its public and private schools for the next 20 years.

The expected value of this promise could be well over $100 million dollars, with most of the money coming from wealthy donors and foundations supporting education.

Before you think about moving your high school senior to Buffalo, keep in mind that only students who have gone to a Buffalo school since at least ninth grade will receive tuition assistance.

To learn more, visit the web page for the Say Yes Foundation.

UC Berkeley Financial Aid Creates Program for Middle Class Parents

Thursday December 15, 2011

The UC Berkeley financial aid department has created a new plan to help middle class parents afford the school's $30,000+ cost of attendance. The program, called "MCap," aims to reduce the total cost of attendance to no more than 15% of a middle class parent's income.

How much income does the UC Berkeley financial aid department consider to be middle class? $80,000 - $140,000.

Additionally, parents must have no more than $200,000 in qualifying assets, which does not count qualified retirement plans or the value of their primary residence.

To learn more about the MCap program, take a look at this FAQ from the UC Berkeley financial aid department.

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