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Changes in FAFSA Beginning 2017 You Should Know

By Barry Coleman In September 2015, President Obama announced changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that will impact the millions of students and their families applying for federal student aid.  These changes will allow students to submit the FAFSA earlier than they have been able to in previous years.  For Read more >

Federal vs. Private Student Loans

 By Tara Carter Student loans are on the minds of many around this time of year as prospective students and their parents face the decision to either apply for federal, or private student loans to pay for tuition and other college fees. In most cases, it’s better to use federal student loans due to their Read more >

Knowing How to Spot Student Loan Scams

     By Tara Carter The thought of repaying student loans can be very stressful, therefore it’s no surprise that so many struggling borrowers consider reaching out for help. When seeking outside advice on the best methods of repayment, it’s easy to come across offers that base their fees on false claims when it comes to Read more >

Preparing for Good Spending Habits in College

 By Tara Carter College is a time for expanding your mind, meeting new people, and knowing the trials and errors that come with being in control of your own finances. While all of these things can be new and exciting, the harsh reality of all the new found responsibilities come along with these moments as Read more >

How are Student Loan Amounts Determined and Distributed?

By Tara Carter You’ve just graduated high school, and now it’s time to start thinking about college. Along with many other determining factors, cost seems to be at the top of everyone’s list when determining where they want to go to school. For many, paying for college out-of-pocket isn’t an option. So, as an alternative, Read more >

What to Do If You Lose Your Financial Aid

By Devon Delfino When you first started college, you might have assumed that your financial aid package would be solid for the next four years. But now spring has rolled around and you’ve been blindsided: You’ve learned you’ll be getting less money next year. There are five major reasons you could lose financial aid: Your parents Read more >

Help Your Child Get the Most State Dollars for College

By Kathryn Hauer, EA, CFP Learn more about Kathryn on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor If your child is heading to college, you’ve probably heard how important it is to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form early. That advice is valuable when it comes to securing federal aid, but there are other key steps you can Read more >

Who is the NFCC?

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation's first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people's financial well-being.

NFCC members help millions of consumers like you through community-based offices located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Each NFCC member agency has earned our seal by adhering to high standards and ethical practices designed to help you achieve financial stability.

Member agencies are able to offer their services for nominal fees based on their current funding status. Funding for operations and services comes from an ever-changing combination of federal, state and local government grants, as well as donations from financial industry participants and private donors.

For more on the NFCC, visit

Thank you to our funders.

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus program is an initiative of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) in partnership with a broad cross-section of supporters. Together, we are committed to increasing the financial well-being of Americans. This initiative is partially funded by Bank of America, Chase, Synchrony Financial, Wells Fargo and other major financial institutions. We thank all funders and partners who make this program possible. For more information, visit

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