By: Mike Kelsey It’s January and in Financial Aid Land that means that FAFSA season is in full swing. Whether you’re the parent of a returning student or the parent of a prospective student, we hope that you’re taking the time to visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Below I

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If you and your student are interested in receiving financial aid for the 2011-2012 school year, the time to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid is here. The FAFSA should be completed every January for your student to qualify for aid in the upcoming school year. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply online. Remember

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By Mike Kelsey The holidays are full of emotion; however, in an effort to slice through the anxiety, some parents take advantage of having their college student on their home turf for a short while at Thanksgiving to tackle some topics that may be on their mind. These topics often include things like: house rules

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By: Mike Kelsey The world has changed quite a bit since 1987.  Republican Ronald Reagan was the president, the median household income was $25,000, Gonzaga only had 2100 undergraduate students, and cell phones were the size of house bricks. However, some things are oddly the same. The Lakers beat the Celtics in the NBA Finals,

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FERPA: “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate” The rules and regulations in the FERPA Act may not be as harsh as the prison guards in the movie Cool Hand Luke (see quote from title), but at times they may come off that way. Hopefully we can help you understand some of the

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By Emily Wirth There is no better investment than a college education. Unfortunately, covering the expenses of this investment can be difficult. We in financial aid have seen families discover creative ways to help lessen the financial burden that can be caused from attending a four-year university. Payment in full each semester is the ideal

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Nine out of 10 Gonzaga University students receive financial assistance and Gonzaga contributes approximately 30 percent of its operating budget to that effort. Of course, not all financial aid comes from Gonzaga. Each year, millions of dollars in aid is given to Gonzaga students in federal, state and private grants or loans. A less well known

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By: Emily Wirth After filing a FAFSA and receiving your student’s financial aid award, many parents wonder how individual packages are created for our thousands of students, each representing a student with unique needs. It is hard work, and as part of our Jesuit mission, Gonzaga strives to create a fair financial award package for every

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You know it’s a good day when: you open the mail and find a check you weren’t expecting, or you flip through the newspaper and see a coupon to your favorite restaurant. Receiving a financial aid award is much like that. “Wow! You mean I don’t need to pay $40,000 this year? Let’s take a

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You just completed the FAFSA, and your expected family contribution (EFC) has been calculated by the Department of Education. What next? You probably want to know what sort of financial aid package to expect. The financial aid award emailed to your student is calculated using two figures: your EFC and the actual cost of attendance.

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