Calculators & Tools

Steps to Appeal a Financial Aid Offer

Are your or your parents financial circumstances different than what is on your FAFSA? Do you or your parents have significant non-discretionary expenses that aren’t even asked about on the FAFSA? If so, and the situation is impacting the ability to pay for college, we recommend you discuss the situation with your financial aid office. This PDF will help get you prepared and understand the process of appealing.

Checklist: Transition to College

This checklist is designed to help students be ready to go on the first day of school.

Comparing Costs & Financial Aid Offers

There is no standard format for financial aid notifications, making it difficult to compare offers from different schools. Use FAME’s Comparing Financial Aid Offers Worksheet to help you compare different offers. (Please note: not all browsers/versions support PDF forms. For best results, download the worksheet and open with Adobe Reader, available as a free download from Adobe.com.) Want to print the worksheet? Download and print this file.

Student Loan/Salary Calculator

Wondering how much you need to earn to pay your student loan debt? FAME’s interactive calculator can help you figure out how much you should borrow based on expected future earnings.

The 2020-2021 FAFSA – What Happens Next?

Filing the FAFSA is a critical first step in the financial aid process, but not the last. Understanding what happens next, and when, will make navigating the rest of the process easier! (Please note: not all browsers/versions support PDF forms. For best results, download the worksheet and open with Adobe Reader, available as a free download from Adobe.com.) Want to print the worksheet? Download and print this file.

FSA ID Information Tracking Sheet

All students need to have an FSA ID (which can be created at fsaid.ed.gov) to access FAFSA on the Web.  Keep track of the information entered when creating the FSA ID by using this information tracking sheet.

Checklist: Get Ready to File the 2020-2021 FAFSA

Checklist of what you need to file the 2020-2021 FAFSA, what assets you may need to report on the FAFSA, and how to determine when parent information is required on the FAFSA.

Net Price Calculator

Net Price Calculator is an online tool offered by colleges that calculates your estimated annual cost to attend each college. Net Price Calculator can be found on each school’s website. Sometimes it is also called a cost calculator or financial aid estimator.

Federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula Guide

Ever wonder how the federal EFC is calculated? Each year, the U.S. Department of Education makes the formula available. The EFC Formula Guide provides information on the various formulas as well as the associated worksheets and tables. If you are looking for the Parents’ Education Savings and Asset Protection Allowance table, see page 19.

Budget Calculator

Use this online calculator to create a monthly budget.

Savings Calculator

Calculate how much your account will be worth in the future, and the interest earned.

Repayment Estimator

Use Federal Student Aid’s Repayment Estimator to learn which plans you may be eligible for and estimate how much your monthly payment would be for various federal student loans.

Loan Consolidation Calculator

Estimate your repayment period, interest rate and repayment schedule if you consolidate your federal student loans.

Checklist:  Reentry Success

A checklist for folks recently released from incarceration and/or substance abuse programs who are considering starting or returning to education beyond high school.