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Should Parents Co-sign a Student Loan?

Yesterday, we talked about whether or not paying for college should be the parents’ responsibility. At the end of the post, I asked what you thought about cosigning a student loan. Is co-signing a great way for parents to help out their kids with the rising cost of college? Or is co-signing a slippery slope […]

In the News: What Low Income Students Need

A recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research has revealed that simplifying the rules of applying for financial aid is essential to facilitate more low-income students attending college. The study — “Into College, Out of Poverty? Policies to Increase the Post-secondary Attainment of the Poor” — is actually a review of 17 previous […]

Financial Aid Critical to Graduation Rates

Financial aid won't just fall from the sky. You must fill out your FAFSA form!

If you are a college student, or planning to be one in the future, here are some facts you should brush up on. According to the research group Public Agenda (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), more than half of all students who dropped out of school and failed to graduate did so […]

Winter Break Check List for High School Seniors

Hey college seniors: How’s your winter break going? For me here in the Midwest, it’s been all about snow, snow, and, oh, more snow. The good thing about being snow bound is that you have plenty of time to do paperwork — and there’s plenty where that comes from when it comes to getting into […]

529 College Savings Plans Comparisons

The Coverdell Education Savings: This type of college savings plan can be applied to more than college. A Coverdell Education Savings Account can be used as savings for elementary through high school education as well as college. Parents or students may contribute up to $2,000 a year tax-free. A few stipulations are that single parents […]

FAFSA Deadline – Fill Out Required Financial Aid Forms!

Apply as soon as possible for financial aid! The actual deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not officially due until June 30 in most states. However, if you wait this long your chances of obtaining federal aid could be very poor. The FAFSA is the only way you can qualify […]

Debt and Financial Aid

A common question students have is how they can manage their debt and their financial aid. Unfortunately when you fill out the FAFSA form there is no place to put down the amount of debt you owe. The form basically wants to know about your income, your family’s income and assets. Non-traditional students may already […]

Student Financial Aid Tips – Maxing Out!

When it comes to student financial aid it helps to know every avenue that leads to gaining money for your college education. Below we have comprised some helpful tips that may assist you secure the financial aid you need. Target the High Dollar Private Colleges Applying for financial aid at a pricey college or university […]

Get a Head Start on your Financial Aid: File Your Taxes Early !

All employers, schools, organizations, etc. are required to send your tax information to you by January 31 of each year. Examples: W-2s (from your employer- record of wages earned) 1098T (record of college tuition and fees) 1099 Misc (record of non employer wages)  ***For more information visit www.irs.gov.                       If you are planning to attend […]

The Best Way to Save for College: Uniform Gift/Transfer to Minor Act

Last week, we launched a four-part series about the best tax-preferred college savings vehicles. So far we have covered three out of the four: 529 College Savings Plans, 529 Prepaid Tuition Plans, and the Coverdell Educational Savings Account. Be sure to review those posts, if you didn’t get a chance to read them yet. Today […]