Ascent Blog: Tag: financial aid

How Long Does FAFSA Take to Process?
How long does the FAFSA take to process? We've compiled a quick reference guide on how long it takes to… Read More
Student Aid Index (SAI) vs. EFC – What’s the Difference?
Jan 25, 2024 | By: Ascent
Categories: Blog, For Schools, For College Students, For Parents and Cosigners
Understanding your financial aid options is one of the most challenging steps for students and families when applying to colleges.… Read More
FAFSA Simplification Act: Changes to the FAFSA
Ascent Funding walks you through the changes that will be happening to the FAFSA with the FAFSA Simplification Act. Read More
When is FAFSA Due for the 2024-25 School Year? Deadlines & FAQs for Students
Worried about missing important FAFSA deadlines for the upcoming school year? Ascent Funding outlines all of the financial aid deadlines… Read More
The Different Types of Financial Aid Explained: Loans, Grants, & Work-Study Programs
Types of Financial Aid Explained: Learn about the different types of financial aid available for students, including loans, grants, and… Read More
Financial Decisions to Make Your Future Self Proud 
Take the stress out of financial planning for college students with these five key steps. Read More
6 Tips to Research & Apply for a Private Student Loan
May 17, 2023 | By: Ascent
Categories: Blog, For Students, For College Students
Private student loans can be a daunting task, here's how students can research and apply for a private student loan. Read More
Using Your Student Loans For Living Expenses
Dec 20, 2022 | By: Ascent
Categories: Blog, For Students, For College Students
Loans can be tricky. You might find yourself searching for a loan, choosing between different types of loans, selecting a… Read More
Guide to Financial Aid Award Letters for Students
Dec 06, 2022 | By: Ascent
Categories: Blog, For Students, For College Students
You received your college financial aid award letter, but what does it mean? Learn more about how to read your… Read More
What Are Parent PLUS Loans? Know the Facts
Mar 15, 2022 | By: Ascent
Categories: Blog, For Students, For Cosigners
What are Parent PLUS loans, and should you look into one? Ascent Funding breaks down what Parent PLUS loans are… Read More
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