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Glossary and Definitions of Financial Terms

Contains definitions and explanations for many of the terms used in the "Saving for College" guide.

Sunset Rule - Definition and Overview of a Sunset Rule
Definition and overview of a "sunset rule," which is often included in a legislative bills to limit their effect.

Age-Based Account Options - Definition of "Age-Based Accounts"
Many Section 529 savings plans offer "age-based" investment options. This page provides a brief definition and overview of the term.

American Graduation Initiative - Definition and Overview of the AGI
The American Graduation Initiative outlines a number of President Obama's higher education goals including graduation rates, student aid, and Federal funding for colleges.

American Opportunity Tax Credit - Definition and Overview
Definition and overview of the American Opportunity Tax Credit.

CFP Definition and Overview
Definition and overview of the CFP designation.

College Challenge Programs - Overview of College Challenge Programs
Definition and overview of college challenge programs.

Commercial Paper Markets - Definition, Overview, and Important Details
The commercial paper market is comprised of very short-term bonds issued by highly-rated corporations to help finance needs such as operations, payrolls, and production. Article includes overview, sample of issuers, risks, and links to sample rates.

Direct Loan - Definition and Overview of Direct Loan
Definition and overview of the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program

Education IRA - Definition and Overview of the ED-IRA
Definition and overview of the college savings accounts formerly known as Education IRA's.

ETF Definition and Overview
A definition and overview of Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's).

FAFSA Application - Definition and Overview of "FAFSA Application"
FAFSA is a common term used by many college students, parents, planners, and financial aid professionals. This provides a definition of the term, which is actually an acronym for a financial aid form.

FFEL Loan - Definition and Overview of the FFEL Loan
Definition and overview of the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL).

Liquidity - Definition and Overview of "Liquidity"
Definition and overview of the "liquidity" as it applies to investments.

Maturity (Bonds, CD's, etc.)
Definition and overview of the term "maturity" used in conjunction with bonds and CD's.

Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) - Definition and Calculation
Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is a measure used by the IRS to determine eligibility for a number of deductions, credits, and participation in certain types of retirement accounts. This page gives a brief overview of calculating your MAGI.

Ponzi Scheme - Definition and Overview of Ponzi Scheme
A ponzi scheme is an investment scam that often ensnares even the most sophisticated of investors. This article provides a definition and overview of a ponzi scheme.

Prepaid Tuition Definition
Prepaid tuition plans are an increasingly popular choice for parents or grandparents planning for a child's college education. Here's a quick definition explaining the structure of these plans.

Refundable Credit - Definition and Description of a Refundable Credit
Definition and overview of the concept of a refundable credit for taxpayers.

SAFRA - Definition and Overview of SAFRA
The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) is a piece of legislation introduced to help make college more affordable for parents and students.

Sallie Mae (SLM) - Definition and Overview of Sallie Mae
Definition and overview of the SLM Corporation, better known as Sallie Mae.

Stagflation - Definition and Overview of Stagflation
Stagflation definition and overview.

Subsidized Loan - Definition and Overview of Subsidized Loan
Definition and overview of a subsidized loan for students and educational expenses.

Tax Carryforward - Definition and Overview of a Tax Carryforward
Definition and overview of the concept of a tax carryforward, which allows a taxpayer to benefit in later years from a deduction or loss that cannot be used in the current year.

Tax Credit - Definition and Overview of the Term
Definition and overview of the term "Tax Credit" which is often confused with the term "Tax Deduction."

Tax Deduction - Definition and Overview of the Term
Definition and overview of the term "Tax Deduction," which is often confused with the term "Tax Credit."

Tax Recapture - Definition and Overview of Tax Recapture
A tax recapture can occur as a result of certain Section 529 plan distributions. This article provides a definition and overview of the term.

UGMA - Definition of Uniform Gift to Minors Act (UGMA)
Definition and brief explanation of the college savings term, UGMA.

Universal Life Insurance - Definition of Universal Life Insurance
Definition and brief overview of universal life insurance, which is often recommended as alternative type of college savings account.

Unsubsidized Loan - Definition and Overview of Unsubsidized Loan
Definition and overview of an unsubsidized loan for students and educational expenses.

UTMA - The Uniform Transfer to Minors Act
Definition and brief explanation of the college savings term, UTMA.

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