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How can I save for my child's college education?

August 1, 2016

This is a very broad question that’s difficult to answer without knowing your individual situation. The option(s) you choose will depend on a number of factors: Your need for strategies with tax advantages (some investments and savings vehicles offer special tax advantages if the money is used to pay college expenses) Your certainty that your…

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ABCs of Financial Aid

February 3, 2016

It’s hard to talk about college without mentioning financial aid. Yet this pairing isn’t a marriage of love, but one of necessity. In many cases, financial aid may be the deciding factor in whether your child attends the college of his or her choice or even attends college at all. That’s why it’s important to…

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Financial Aid 101

February 2, 2016

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

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February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

February 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has named February Financial Aid Awareness Month. This is the time of year when many families file the FAFSA (the government’s aid application) and the CSS Profile (the standard college aid application). We will focus this weeks blogs on all things financial aid–stay tuned!

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Rules for Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

December 8, 2015

A Coverdell education savings account is a particular type of savings vehicle that allows you to invest for the education costs of a child or other beneficiary. Coverdell ESAs offer tax-deferred savings opportunities. You can contribute up to $2,000 per beneficiary, assuming you meet the income requirements. You can even make a contribution as late…

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Saving for College

October 9, 2015

There’s no denying the benefits of a college education: the ability to compete in today’s competitive job market, increased earning power, and expanded horizons. But these advantages come at a price–college is expensive. And yet, year after year, thousands of students graduate from college. So, how do they do it? Many families finance a college…

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Helping Your Child Make the Transition from High School to College

September 21, 2015

Though you won’t be able to ride along in your child’s suitcase, there are ways you can help him or her make the adjustment to college. You can start by talking with your child about certain subjects before he or she leaves for college and familiarizing yourself with the emotions that he or she will…

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Teaching Your College-Age Child about Money

August 28, 2015

When your child first started school, you doled out the change for milk and a snack on a daily basis. But now that your kindergartner has grown up, it’s time for you to make sure that your child has enough financial knowledge to manage money at college. Lesson 1: Budgeting 101 Perhaps your child already…

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Positioning Your Income/Assets to Enhance Financial Aid Eligibility

July 22, 2015

What does it mean to enhance your financial aid eligibility? If you qualify for federal financial aid, there are a number of strategies you can try to implement to enhance the amount of aid your child will receive when you apply for financial aid. The idea is to lower your expected family contribution (EFC), which…

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College Saving Options

July 20, 2015

College costs For the 2014/2015 college year, the average annual cost of attendance (known as the COA) at a four-year public college for in-state students is $23,410, the average cost at a four-year public college for out-of-state students is $37,229, and the average cost at a four-year private college is $46,272. The COA figure includes…

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