#AskFAFSA Office Hours with ED’s Martha Kanter

With many schools’ FAFSA deadlines quickly approaching, FAFSA season is heating up. Last night, Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter took to Twitter to answer some pressing questions students & parents had about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Using the hashtag #AskFAFSA, Martha answered more than 20 questions over the course of the hour. She addressed:

Who Gets Aid

Tax Questions



And everything in between

Remember, applying is FREE and there is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid.  However, some aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis so it is important to apply early. Kanter closed the discussion by encouraging ALL students to complete the FAFSA.

To see all the tweets from the event, follow @FAFSA on Twitter.

Federal Student Aid New Media Team


  1. I’m in a private FAA 149 school. I graduate in June 2012. My school is forcing us to sign another promissory note, with very little explanation. The only thing I was able to get out of the administration was that the DOE mandated it.
    It was explained to me that since so many former students were in default on there student loans, the department of education was forcing current students to pay into the system in advance. I find this hard to believe, since nothing was said about it in advance. We were only given one week to comply or face being dropped from the course. This just sounds too much like someone is covering up something.

  2. The criteria for what describes an independent student need to be broadened. Our niece came to live with us in September 2011 after being kicked out of her house by her mother. She has since stopped receiving SS survivor benefits in June 2011 after graduating high school. Since my brother passed away her mother hasn’t spent a dime on her, other than the SS money she receives and certainly supplied nothing after forcing her to leave the family home last fall. My niece worked two jobs and is now going to our local university full time. What makes her dependent on her mother? The system is not working for her.

    • I agree with Nancy. My father passed away when I was a teenager and my mother walked out of my life when I was 12. I have been providing for myself for a long time. Because my mother was still alive, even though I didn’t have contact with her. I had to fill out so much paperwork and missed out on the opportunity to attend colleges that I had been accepted to because I couldn’t prove my independence and their financial aid department could not work with me. The system needs tweaking!

  3. I have a graduate degree and I would like to go back to school to complete my PhD. Do I still have to complete the FAFSA application and do I qualify for help at this point.

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