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10 things to do before you apply for financial aid

The FAFSA will be available October 1st for the 2018-19 school year . Learn about 10 steps to take before you apply to help maximize financial aid eligibility.

| Financial Aid | | FASFA | | Financial Aid Eligibility |
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Just like any other investment, families saving for college could benefit from the help of a financial advisor. Here are 3 things to ask before you select one.

| FA | | financial advisor | | college |
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What grandparents need to know about the new FAFSA rules

Learn how recent changes to the FAFSA could make it easier for some grandparents to help pay for college without impacting the student's financial aid eligibility.

| FA | | Grandparent | | College | | Financial Aid | | FAFSA |
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Six Winning Strategies to Cutting the Cost of College

The absolute best way to make college more affordable for your family is to become an educated college consumer.

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What the new FAFSA rules mean for you

Some big changes are in store for the federal financial aid process. Here’s what you need to know before the filing season launches on October 1, 2016.

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Yes, your 529 plan will affect financial aid

33 percent of parents and grandparents believe that a 529 plan is not considered when determining financial aid eligibility. See if they're right.

| type of aid | | finacial aid | | college savings survey | | FASFA | | EFC | | FA Traps |
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How to save for college and still get financial aid

There are three things that will determine how much aid a student will qualify for:

| Expected Family Contribution | | financial aid | | FASFA | | UTMA |
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10 ways to find scholarships

Parent or student looking to fill your college savings gap without having to borrow, here are 10 places you can look to find scholarships.

| Scholarships | | CollegeBoard | | Unigo | | fastweb | | Scholly | | Raise.me | | Sallie Mae | | Scholarships.com | | |
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How much financial aid will you get? Use this tool to get an idea

One thing every student should absolutely do when applying to college is to apply for federal financial aid. Fortunately, we have an easy tool to help you estimate how much aid might be available.

| financial aid | | financial aid calculator | | federal financial aid | | FAFSA | | Pell Grant | | EFC |
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Don't Let These Myths Muddle College Savings

See the results of Fidelity recently College Savings Indicator Study.

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#TBT College savings: Then and Now

For the past nine years, Fidelity’s College Savings Indicator Study has revealed just how much American families are putting away for college. Read more.

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How 7 different assets can affect your financial aid eligibility

Before you fill out the FASFA, learn how seven different assets, including 529 college savings plans, can impact your federal financial aid eligibility.

| financial aid | | FAFSA | | CSS profile | | grandparents | | paying for college | | student loans | | saving for college | | college savings options | | grants |
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Part Two: College is worth every penny

Is a degree still a good value?

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Part One: Yup, college is a huge waste of money.

Here's a great example of someone who gave college a try and wasn't too happy with the results.

| college loans | | debit | | default | | loans |
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4 ways to get your kids involved with saving for college

Looking for ways to get your kids involved in saving for their future college education while they're young? Here are some creative ideas that have worked for other families.

| saving for college | | kids | | paying for college | | family finance | | students | | working through college |
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Top 5 financial considerations when selecting childcare

How has the high cost of childcare affected family budgets and savings goals, and what can families do to soften the blow?

| childcare | | cost of child care | | family finance | | children |
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8 Tips on How to Make Student Loans Work for You

How do I pay for college?

| FASFA | | Career goal | | loans | | debt |
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10 expert savings tips to make the most of summer

Now that summer's finally here, are you planning a busy and fun-filled next few months for your family? Here are 10 tips from the experts to help you plan for a memorable summer without draining your bank account

| budget | | summer | | frugal | | family | | personal finance | | vacation | | summer vacation | | saving money |
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What is your state doing to promote saving for college?

As tuition prices continue to skyrocket, many states are actively trying to raise awareness about the importance of saving for college. At this year's College Savings Foundation Conference, representatives from several states shared their thoughts with us on the best ways to promote saving for college.

| 529 plans | | college savings | | states | | MEFA | | NEST | | FAME | | planning for college | | paying for college | | matching grants |
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Ask an expert: How do grandparent-owned 529 plans affect financial aid eligibility?

Matthew Toner of Savingforcollege.com responds to the frequently asked-about topic of grandparent-owned 529 accounts and their effect on financial aid eligibility.

| grandparent-owned 529 plans | | 529 plans | | financial aid | | financial aid eligibility | | FAFSA | | paying for college |
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Little Einsteins flock to the White House Science Fair

This year's annual White House Science Fair highlighted the President's 'Educate to Innovate' Campaign, part of the larger initiative to make college a reality for more students.

| White house | | Obama | | saving for college | | 529 plans | | science fair | | education | | paying for college |
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15 facts about financial aid eligibility

Feeling overwhelmed by the process of applying for financial aid? Fear not! These fifteen facts can help you determine how much financial aid you may be eligible for.

| financial aid | | FAFSA | | CSS profile | | grandparents | | paying for college | | student loans | | saving for college | | college savings options | | grants |
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Nine reasons why every 'Modern Family' needs a 529 plan

The following slideshow looks at one of America’s favorite unconventional families and how each member can enjoy the benefits of a 529 plan.

| saving for college | | paying for college | | 529 plans | | Modern Family | | saving for multiple children | | five year election | | college savings |
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Savingforcollege.com's March Photo Madness

To get in the spirit of the upcoming March Madness basketball tournament, we're giving you the opportunity to win some great prizes. Enter our Facebook photo contest for a chance to win a $250 cash scholarship and two fitbits!

| saving for college | | scholarship | | March Madness | | basketball | | 529 plan | | college savings planner | | photo contest | | facebook |
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7 ways the 2016 fiscal year budget could affect higher education

This week, the Obama administration released a 2016 fiscal year budget request, which details the President's plan to make education and job training top priorities. This slideshow lists the impact the proposed budget could have on certain areas of higher education.

| 529 plans | | saving for college | | paying for college | | student loans | | financial aid | | pell grant | | FAFSA | | higher education |
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What you need to know about President Obama's 529 tax proposal

In light of President Obama's recent proposal to eliminate the federal tax benefits of 529 plans, here are the facts on the proposal as it currently stands, as well as some ideas on how you can take action against it.

| 529 plans | | Obama | | tax rollback | | qualified withdrawals | | families | | no 529 tax |
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529 plans and the FAFSA

Before you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it's a good idea to understand how your current savings, including those in 529 plans, are analyzed in calculating your financial aid eligibility.

| 529 plan | | saving for college | | financial aid | | paying for college | | FAFSA | | financial aid eligibility | | cost of college |
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Before you open a grandparent 529 account...

A 529 college savings plan can be a very effective way for grandparents to build a college fund for their grandchildren. However, there are a few questions grandparents must ask themselves before opening a 529 account.

| saving for college | | 529 plan | | grandparents | | financial aid | | FAFSA | | 529 plan withdrawals |
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Facebook contest: Share your proudest moment as a parent or grandparent!

This month, we’re offering a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card just for sharing a photo of your proudest parent or grandparent moment with us. Post your proudest moment on our Facebook wall for your chance to win!

| facebook | | photo sharing | | proudest parent | | college savings | | graduation |
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College Savings Timeline: The home stretch

You’re the parent of a high school junior, which means in just two years your child will be on his or her way to college. In this week’s College Savings Timeline, we discuss the five most important college planning steps for the final years of high school.

| 529 plans | | 529 plan | | college savings | | high school | | scholarships | | financial aid | | SAT | | ACT | | FAFSA |
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Top four savings essentials for young families

Having kids and the expenses to go with them can sometimes put savings goals on hold. Whether your first baby just arrived or your oldest is headed to middle school, it’s never too late to get your family’s savings plan back on track. Here are four tips on how to get started.

| personal finance | | tips for saving | | college savings | | saving money | | family | | young family | | budgeting |
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The 2014 Annual College Savings Survey Results

The Annual College Savings Survey was designed to shed light on consumer beliefs and actions in relation to 529 plans. The results uncovered a number of key findings that we are excited to share with our readers in a new series of blog posts.

| 529 | | 529 plans | | college savings | | survey | | families | | financial advisors | | education | | choosing a 529 plan |
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The 40-Day College Savings Challenge

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Lent can be a great time to focus on good spending habits. Over the next 40 days, we challenge our readers to find ways to cut their budget and make room for college savings.

| 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings | | lent | | fat tuesday | | saving money | | budget |
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America's Parents Get a B-Minus on Their College Savings Report Card

When we asked parents to grade their college savings progress, they gave themselves a B-minus. While there’s definitely room for improvement to bump that to an “A,” we found that many are taking steps in the right direction, with more families saving in 529 college savings plans (up 5% from 2012) and 61% having a financial plan in place to help reach college goals.

| College Savings | | American Families | | 529 Plan |
 

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