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  • GI Bill Education Benefits - Receive Close to $50,000 in College Tuition Created: Thursday, March 27, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    An overview of the Montgomery GI Bill, which covers up to nearly $50,000 in college tuition in exchange for as little as two years of military service." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
  • Federal Pell Grants - A Guide to the Federal Pell Grant Program Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Pells Grants are one of the most desired types of financial aid awards. Not only can they pay for a substantial portion of college costs, but they never have to be repaid. Due to their highly desir...
  • How Do I Check My Student Loan Balances? Created: Thursday, May 07, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
    A brief overview on how to check your student loan balances.
  • The Student Loan Interest Tax Deduction for Students and Parents Created: Friday, March 21, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
    Overview and rules for the Student Loan Interest Tax Deduction. Includes an in-depth review of who may claim the deduction, the income limitations for eligibility, and links to the relevant IRS Pub...
  • FAFSA EFC - Understanding the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
    The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is one of the most crucial numbers in calculating a family's financial aid eligibility." itemprop="description">ption">
  • Choosing the Right College Savings Account for Your Child Created: Monday, February 11, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
    Choosing the right type of college savings account can be intimidating. This guide walks you through what type of savings account might be right for you based on your risk tolerances, ability to sa...
  • Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) - Definition and Calculation Created: Monday, March 24, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 20, 2014
    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...
  • The Basics of Student Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Programs Created: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Student loan forgiveness and repayment programs are one of the quickest ways to eliminate your college debts. In addition to links to the major student loan forgiveness directories, this article gi...
  • Withdrawal Rules for Different College Accounts - UGMA and UTMA Accounts Created: Friday, May 09, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    This article answers questions about withdrawing college savings for non-college costs, like paying a family's bills. It covers the unique rules, penalties, and taxes for UGMA / UTMA accounts, Sect...
  • The South Carolina 529 Plan Deduction for SC Residents Created: Sunday, March 22, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
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  • Tax Carryforward - Definition and Overview of a Tax Carryforward Created: Sunday, March 08, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    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.
  • Unsubsidized Loan - Definition and Overview of Unsubsidized Loan Created: Monday, April 27, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
    Definition and overview of an unsubsidized loan for students and educational expenses.
  • Five Music Scholarships that Can Help Musicians Pay for College Created: Sunday, August 10, 2008 Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013
    A list of five music scholarships that every musical student should know about.
  • Save Money For College Tuition with Budget Car Rental Coupons Created: Saturday, November 08, 2008 Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013
    Information on budget rental car coupons that not only help save money, but also pay college tuition rewards towards your UPromise account.
  • Discover Student Loan Consolidation Rates Created: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013
    Learn how to calculate student loan consolidation rates, the interest rate cap, and how to apply for student loan consolidation.
  • Tax Deduction for NYS 529 Contributions Created: Monday, May 26, 2008 Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013
    New York State offers a substantial tax deduction to residents contributing to the NYS 529 College Savings Program. Learn more here.
  • Use Fafsa4Caster.com to Estimate Your Federal Aid Created: Thursday, May 22, 2008 Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013
    If you're curious about your Federal financial aid eligibility, learn how to use Fafsa4Caster.com, the Department of Education's calculator.
  • The Missouri College Savings Plan Deduction for MO Residents Created: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2013
    Missouri offers a "per tax return" deduction to residents who contribute to a Missouri 529 plan. This article includes an overview of the deduction, its potential value to taxpayers, and instructio...
  • How to Fill Out a Federal FAFSA Form Video Created: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
    A Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form is an invaluable resource for those looking for money to help pay for their college education. This video will show you how to fill out a ...
  • How to Use T-Bills for College Savings Video Created: Monday, April 22, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013
    One way that parents save for their children's college education, is with T-Bills. Learn what T-Bills are, and why they are a safe investment for college tuition.
  • How to Choose a College Savings Account Video Created: Monday, April 22, 2013 Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013
    There are many options available when it comes to saving for college. Learn what savings accounts are the most popular, and which options right for your needs.
  • Money Market Safety - The Basics of Money Market Safety and Risk Created: Friday, September 19, 2008 Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013
    A basic overview of money market safety including an explanation of money market fund structure, FDIC and SIPC insurance, and researching fund safety.
  • Five Questions to Ask Your College Account's Investment Advisor Created: Friday, September 05, 2008 Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013
    A breakdown of the five most important questions to ask the investment professional who is helping manage your child's college account.
  • How to Calculate Future College Costs Video Created: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
    The thought of paying for college is a daunting task for everyone. However, figuring out how much you need to save shouldn't be. In this About.com video, learn the resources for calculating the cos...
  • Quick Tip: What is a Coverdell ESA? Video Created: Sunday, January 13, 2013 Updated: Sunday, January 13, 2013
    A Coverdell Educational Savings Account is a great option for parents to save for their children's education. In this video, learn What a Coverdell ESA is, and if it's the right investment plan for...
  • How to Use Savings Bonds for College Savings Video Created: Monday, December 17, 2012 Updated: Monday, December 17, 2012
    Savings bonds are an effective way to save money for college if you prefer to play it safe with your money. Get an overview of how to use savings bonds to save for college in this video from About....
  • How to Use IRAs for College Savings Video Created: Monday, December 17, 2012 Updated: Monday, December 17, 2012
    Individual Retirement Accounts, or IRAs, can be effective savings accounts for college. Learn about how to use an IRA to save for college in this how-to video from About.com.
  • Top Reasons Why College Costs Rise Video Created: Friday, December 14, 2012 Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012
    College costs are rising at an alarming rate, and there are a few reasons why. This video from About.com will go over why college costs keep rising so quickly.
  • Quick Tip: What is an Expected Family Contribution? Video Created: Friday, November 16, 2012 Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012
    An Expected Family Contribution is the dollar amount that influence how much financial aid a student can receive for college. Learn more about the Expected Family Contribution, FAFSA, and Student A...
  • Quick Tip: What is a Custodial Account? Video Created: Friday, November 16, 2012 Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012
    A custodial account is used to hold and protect assets for a minor until they reach the age of majority in their state. Learn the advantages and disadvantages to custodial accounts with this About....
  • Quick Tip: What is a Section 529 Savings Plan? Video Created: Friday, November 16, 2012 Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012
    A Section 529 Savings Plan is a tax-deferred option for funding a college education. Learn more about how a Section 529 Savings Plan works in this About.com
  • How to Plan Out Repaying Student Loans Video Created: Friday, November 02, 2012 Updated: Friday, November 02, 2012
    Student loans can be a huge burden for many, but they can be a lot easier to deal with if you've planned out how to repay them. This video from About.com will show you the best ways to plan out rep...

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