Paying for College

The Advantages of Filing the FAFSA Form Early
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The Advantages of Filing the FAFSA Form Early

You can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the next year of college starting October 1. And the earlier you file, the better your…
September 27, 2018
How to Help Pay a Grandchild's Tuition
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How to Help Pay a Grandchild's Tuition

Learn what you can pay for and what will get taxed.
August 30, 2018
College Savings 101: Arguments Against 529 Plans and Alternatives That Might Work Better
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College Savings 101: Arguments Against 529 Plans and Alternatives That Might Work Better

Before you pump money into a 529 College Savings Plan, make sure you have three important boxes checked. And even after you check those boxes, you mig…
August 20, 2018
Best Ways to Pay for Grad School
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Best Ways to Pay for Grad School

Getting an advanced degree isn't cheap. But you may not need to go into debt.
May 9, 2018
Only Homo Sapiens Need Apply for New 529 College Savings Tax Break
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Only Homo Sapiens Need Apply for New 529 College Savings Tax Break

But you don’t have to wait for Congress to act to open a tax-advantaged plan to save for an unborn child or grandchild’s college education.
April 11, 2018
Gifting College to Your Grandchild
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Gifting College to Your Grandchild

With college costs skyrocketing, some grandparents are looking for ways to help pay for grandkids' educations. But before you pull out the checkbook, …
April 6, 2018
Invest in the Private College 529 Plan
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Invest in the Private College 529 Plan

How you can use the money at colleges in the plan, and even at those who aren't.
March 8, 2018
Smart Ways to Study Abroad
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Smart Ways to Study Abroad

Our crash course in paying for a student's stay overseas, from tuition to cell phone.
March 5, 2018
Colleges Slash Sticker Prices
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Colleges Slash Sticker Prices

But lower published prices may not save you money.
November 1, 2017
Higher Education - Is College Worth It?
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Higher Education - Is College Worth It?

Too many degrees are a waste of money. The return on higher education would be much better if college were cheaper.May 2014
October 12, 2017
How to Fill Out a FAFSA for College Financial Aid
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How to Fill Out a FAFSA for College Financial Aid

What you include on the application determines how much you'll receive in grants, work-study and student loans.
October 12, 2017
Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education
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Beer and Circus: How Big-Time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education

I’ve always been eager to debate the merits of athletic scholarships: Should college athletes instead be paid? Are these "student athletes" really get…
August 25, 2017
How to Pay for College
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How to Pay for College

The tab for a four-year education is mind-boggling. But don’t panic: You don’t have to save the entire cost.
August 16, 2017
How a Scholarship Affects Your 529 College-Savings Account
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How a Scholarship Affects Your 529 College-Savings Account

You can withdraw up to the amount of a scholarship from your 529 account without paying a penalty on the earnings, even if you don’t use the money for…
April 21, 2017
2 College Finance Conundrums Clarified
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2 College Finance Conundrums Clarified

Save for retirement or for your kids’ college? Rent student housing or buy a place as an investment? Here’s which makes the most sense.
March 29, 2017
4 Ways to Save on Taxes When You Fund Higher Education
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4 Ways to Save on Taxes When You Fund Higher Education

It is tax time — whether we like it or not! And you could save significant tax dollars if you recently funded your kids’ college education, or y…
March 28, 2017
New Employee Benefit: Help With Saving for College
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New Employee Benefit: Help With Saving for College

Automatic payroll deductions fund 529s, and some bosses kick in cash.
March 23, 2017
A Tax-Friendly Way to Pay for School
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A Tax-Friendly Way to Pay for School

You can use money from a Coverdell education savings account tax-free for education expenses from kindergarten through college.
February 17, 2017
As the College Bills Approach, Ratchet Down Risk in a 529 Savings Plan
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As the College Bills Approach, Ratchet Down Risk in a 529 Savings Plan

When your son or daughter enters high school, or even before, start shifting some of the money from aggressive funds into more-conservative ones.
January 12, 2017
The Best Time to Start Saving for Your Child's College Education
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The Best Time to Start Saving for Your Child's College Education

It's right now. Here's why.
January 3, 2017
10 Colleges Where Tuition Is Free
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10 Colleges Where Tuition Is Free

You might think there's no escaping the high—and still rising—cost of college.
December 13, 2016
Give the Gift of College
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Give the Gift of College

Instead of giving kids toys and video games, open a 529 college savings plan or student loan savings account for them and contribute to it.
December 6, 2016
4 Steps to Funding an Education
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4 Steps to Funding an Education

Prepare, plan, prioritize and persevere.
November 18, 2016
Tax-Free Interest on Savings Bonds for College Tuition
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Tax-Free Interest on Savings Bonds for College Tuition

If you meet the age and income requirements, interest on your I and EE savings bonds is tax-free if you cash in the bonds to pay tuition and fees.
October 19, 2016
Little-Known Ways to Pay In-State Tuition Rates at Out-of-State Colleges
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Little-Known Ways to Pay In-State Tuition Rates at Out-of-State Colleges

A public college in another state may not be out of your financial reach.
September 23, 2016
A Simple Guide to College Savings Plans
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A Simple Guide to College Savings Plans

Among your best options for saving for your child's education are 529 plans, Coverdell ESAs and custodial accounts.
September 14, 2016