COLLEGE SAVINGS 101

Planning

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Where does a college degree have the biggest impact on your income?

Where you decide to live and work after graduating from college can influence your annual earnings. This infographic gives you a state by state breakdown of the value of a degree.

| College graduate median income | | college degree | | college planning |
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It's never too late to start your college plan

Itís never too late to start saving for your childís college education. Here are some tips for late stage planning strategies that wonít jeopardize your retirement.

| college | | planning | | 529 | | 529s | | college savings | | college save |
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Want to help your child get into college? Take a step back.

When it comes to a student's college application process, new research suggests that too much parent involvement can end up doing more harm than good.

| college | | planning | | scholarship | | |
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How to Achieve the College Dream Live Q&A Event

Some students who perform well academically, but are hesitant to apply to selective colleges because of their social or economic backgrounds. In this live Q&A event, Maria Carla Chicuen, author of Achieve the College Dream, offers practical advice on how students of all income levels can make their dream school a reality.

| college | | planning | | scholarship resume | | Maria Carla Chicuen |
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Fall semester timeline for high school seniors

Lulu Curiel, CEO and Founder of Ivy Advisors, provides helpful tips for high school seniors on how they can best prepare for college over the coming months.

| college | | planning | | cost | | |
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Will taking a gap year help me get into the Ivy League?

Increase awareness of the gap years, and their benefits.

| Gap Year | | Ivy College | | College Planning |
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Here's how you can help your child pick a college major

Thinking about a future career path is an important step in the college planning process that sometimes gets overlooked in the midst of filling out college applications and figuring out how to pay the tuition.

| future career | | College planning |
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The new SAT essay: Does your dream school require it?

The short answer is maybe, but probably not. The College Board's new version of the SAT will roll out in March, which includes a newly structured, optional essay portion.

| SAT | | college prep | | standardized testing | | Kaplan | | essay | | College Board | | college planning | | planning for college. |
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The biggest college planning mistake parents make

How much debt should parents and students take on?

| college planning | | debit | | college degree |
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Eight reasons why grandparents love 529 plans

If youíre a grandparent there are a variety of different ways you can help pay for college. Here are eight reasons why we think saving with a 529 plan could be your best bet.

| 529 plan | | grandparents | | saving for college | | college planning | | tax benefits | | estate planning | | financial planning | | investment | | |
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5 tips to crafting the perfect essay

College admission essays fill the gap between you and your test scores. Learn useful strategies when crafting your essay:

| College planning | | Essay | | Ivy League | | |
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4 things to watch out for when applying to a top school

If you have high hopes for sending your child to an Ivy League college, watch out for these common mistakes that can cost your child an acceptance letter.

| college | | planning for college | | high schoolers | | ivy league | | ivy league college | | acceptance letter | | applying to college | | college application |
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10 easy ways grandparents can help pay for college

One way grandparents can help their grandchildren on their journey to becoming successful adults is to help fund their college education. Here are ten ways to do this, and the risks and benefits of each.

| grandparents | | saving for college | | paying for college | | financial aid | | coverdell | | 529 plan | | loan | | trust | | grandchild | | estate planning |
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Is it a mistake not to hire a financial planner?

When it comes to planning and saving for college, some families prefer to endure the journey alone, but others are willing to pay for professional guidance. DIY college planning may work for some, but here are 6 things you might be missing out on by not utilizing a financial professional.

| saving for college | | financial planning | | financial planner | | financial advisor | | paying for college | | 529 plan | | planning for college |
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Ask an expert: Can I claim any higher education tax benefits for a non-dependent child?

As the deadline to file your taxes draws near, Marguerita Cheng of Blue Ocean Global Wealth offers an answer to this frequently-asked question concerning higher education tax credits.

| Ask an expert | | 529 plans | | tax credits | | education tax credits | | tax planning | | saving for college |
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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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The 25 best 529 plan questions of 2014

Is opening a 529 plan one of your New Year's resolutions? Here's a list of some of the most commonly-asked 529 questions (and their answers!) to help you stick to your goal.

| Best 529 plan | | saving for college | | choosing a 529 plan | | 529 plan withdrawals | | financial aid | | grandparents | | 529 plan performance | | estate planning |
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[PODCAST] Getting started with a 529 plan - Step 2: Opening your account

Tune in to the next episode in our podcast series and listen to Joe Hurley and Kathryn Flynn's discussion on what you need to do to set up your 529 college savings account.

| 529 plan | | college savings | | podcast | | college planning | | investment |
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Congratulations to our 529 Day winner: Another great success!

This May 29th, affectionately known to the industry as 529 Day, was especially memorable for Rochelle Blee, the winner of our 529 Day celebration giveaway.

| 529 day | | webcast | | college savings | | 529 plan | | grandparents | | estate planning | | college planning |
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Five of the best college savings apps

In addition to allowing you to track funds in a bank or investment account, there are also mobile apps available that offer some fantastic planning tools. This slide show highlights five apps that help parents, students and grandparents plan for the future costs of college.

| 529 plan | | college savings | | smart phone | | smart phone app | | college savings app | | paying for college | | financial planning | | technology |
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College Savings Timeline: Now entering the world of high school

Here are some things you can do in the next four years of high school to ensure an easy transition that won't leave your child burdened with excessive debt.

| savings | | college savings | | 529 plan | | 529 plans | | high school | | teenager | | scholarships | | AP | | planning for college | | saving for college | | paying for college |
 

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