COLLEGE SAVINGS 101

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Free college is here - But don't stop saving

Some states are beginning to offer free college tuition for residents. Here’s what you need to know, and why it’s still important to save with a 529 plan.

| Free College | | Student Loans | | Free Tuition |
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Do you need college tuition insurance?

Parents who want to protect their investment have the option of purchasing tuition insurance that could help them recoup some of the costs if their child was to withdraw from school.

| tuition insurance | | Allianz Tuition Insurance |
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How to pay your tuition bill with a 529 plan

Now that you've saved for college with a 529 plan, learn about the best ways to take a withdrawal and make your first tuition payment.

| Tuition | | 529 |
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Parents vs. politicians on cutting college costs

One of the few things the 2016 presidential hopefuls agree on is that the cost of higher education and rising levels of student loan debt have become major issues. Learn more.

| politicians | | college cost | | student debt | | Money | | federal aid | | college tuition |
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Tuition prices of top football colleges: AP Top 25 Poll

Since a football scholarship might not be in everyone’s future, we’ve listed the tuition prices of the schools that made up the AP Top 25 Poll in week eight.

| college | | college tuition | | paying for college | | college football | | cost of college |
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Avoid these 529 withdrawal traps

Once you've entered the "withdrawal phase," of your 529 plan, be sure you make the right decisions when tapping your 529 account. Here are six mistakes you'll want to avoid.

| 529 plan | | 529 plan withdrawals | | qualified expenses | | tuition | | tax benefits |
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100 weird scholarship ideas

Worried that your student is out of the running to receive scholarships to help pay for college? Fear not! There is plenty of scholarship money out there - you might just have to get a little creative.

| paying for college | | 529 plan | | scholarships | | unique scholarships | | student | | college | | college tuition | | Penny Hoarder |
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I won't qualify for financial aid, but I still need help paying for college

What can you do if you make too much for financial aid, but not enough to pay for college out of pocket?

| college savings | | high-income | | fund 529 | | tuition tax breaks | | American Opportunity Tax Credit |
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Is Online College a Cheaper Option for Your High School Grad?

If the coming months include college for your son or daughter, you're likely facing the dilemma of how to pay some steep tuition costs.

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The 10 states with the fastest rising college tuition

Tuition prices have been rising across the country, but some states have experienced sharper increases than others. If you're planning to send your child to one of the following ten states, you might want to consider increasing your 529 plan contributions.

| 529 plan | | cost of college | | tuition | | paying for college | | state appropriations | | higher education | | highest tuition | | upromise |
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How to pass the college affordability test (CAT)

Many students and parents invest time and money preparing for the SAT and ACT but don’t give much forethought to passing their own college affordability test (CAT). Wendy David-Gaines discusses ways families can begin prepping for their own CAT.

| paying for college | | saving for college | | college affordability | | college tuition | | higher education |
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How to prepare now for that first tuition bill

Save for college with confidence: Your uuide to education funding, a resource published by Northwestern Mutual.

| Northwest Mutual | | Tuition | | College |
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How to save for college in the Sweet Sixteen states

It’s March Madness time! In honors of tonight’s first round of games between the Sweet 16 bracket, we’ve put together a slideshow highlighting the teams by state, and the 529 college savings plans offered by each state.

| saving for college | | march madness | | sweet sixteen | | paying for college | | cost of college | | tuition | | scholarship | | basketball |
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College Savings Timeline: Time for college

All the hard work you've put into building up your child's college savings account has paid off, and now it's time for them to head off to college. What steps do you need to take to make a 529 plan withdrawal when the first tuition bill arrives?

| saving for college | | paying for college | | qualified expenses | | 529 plan withdrawals | | room and board | | tuition |
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When your child wants to attend a U.S. Military Academy

What happens if families who have been diligently saving for college with a 529 plan have a child who plans to attend a military academy?

| college savings | | military | | paying for college | | scholarship | | 529 plan | | 529 plan withdrawal | | tuition |
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Top five ways to spend 529 savings

Withdrawals from a 529 plan must be spent on qualified higher education expenses to avoid tax and penalty. Just what types of college expenses are qualified?

| college savings | | 529 plan | | qualified expenses | | 529 plan withdrawals | | paying for college | | tuition | | room and board | | equipment | | special needs equipment |
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5 ways to cut college costs

The last thing you want is to have your child graduate college burdened with student loans. Here are five ways anyone can put away extra money for college, regardless of income.

| saving for college | | paying for college | | student loans | | higher education | | scholarships | | room and board | | cost of tuition | | 529 plan | | 529 college savings plan |
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College savings success stories: The Rickman family

Our first college savings success story features the Rickman family, who demonstrate the significant savings of having their children attend school in-state.

| 529 plan | | college savings | | how to save for college | | in-state college | | in-state tuition | | success |
 

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