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Parents and Students: Check Out College Tax Benefits for 2012 and Years Ahead

March 12, 2013
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*WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that now is a good time to see if they qualify for either of two college education tax credits or any of several other education-related tax benefits. In general, the American opportunity tax credit, lifetime learning credit and tuition and fees deduction are available…

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The 2012 American Taxpayer Relief Act: Extension of the American Opportunity Credit

January 25, 2013
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The recently enacted 2012 Taxpayer Relief Act includes a 5-year extension (through 2017) of the American Opportunity tax credit for college costs. Added to the tax code in 2009 as a temporary replacement of the previous Hope tax credit, the American Opportunity credit both increased the tax relief available for students from middle-income families and…

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Increases in College Costs for 2012/2013 Continue to Outpace Inflation

November 26, 2012
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Every October, the College Board releases its Trends in College Pricing report that highlights college cost increases for the current academic year along with trends in the world of higher education. While costs can vary significantly depending on the region and individual college, the College Board publishes average cost figures, which are based on its…

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Financial Aid 101

November 19, 2012
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Many parents pay for college with a combination of savings and financial aid. By learning the basics, you’ll be able to understand how the financial aid process works, properly fill out aid applications, and compare the aid awards your child receives. What is financial aid? Financial aid is money distributed primarily by the federal government…

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529 College Savings Plans

December 28, 2011
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529 college savings plans are tax-advantaged college savings vehicles and one of the most popular ways to save for college today. Much like the way 401(k) plans revolutionized the world of retirement savings a few decades ago, 529 college savings plans have revolutionized the world of college savings. As of June 2011, total assets in…

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Meet the Education Challenge: Planning for Tomorrow's Tuition Costs

September 17, 2010
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Many parents dream of the day their child strides to the stage to receive a college diploma. On the other hand, many parents dread the day that college tuition bills arrive. Despite steep tuition costs, however, a college education may be a sound investment that’s within the reach of many families. All it takes is…

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