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Student Loans in the United Kingdom with Lessons for the U.S. System

The student debt crisis isn’t restricted to the United States. Graduates in other Western countries also struggle with the cost of their college educations. While student loan systems differ substantially between nations, the situations in other countries provide useful contrast to the state of student debt in America.

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Is High School Too Late to Start Saving for College in a 529 Plan?

Many families get a late start on saving for college. Parents who open a 529 plan when their child is a high school freshman can still take advantage of the federal (and sometimes state) tax benefits, even if college is only a few years away. Any amount saved for college will reduce the child’s future student loan debt.

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Can You Use a 529 Plan to Pay for Online Classes?

Students may use a 529 plan to pay for online courses offered through at an eligible institution. Taking online courses is a popular way to save money on college tuition. According to data from Babson Survey Research Group, nearly one-third of college students took at least one distance education course in 2016.

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What is a Custodial 529 Plan Account?

Families saving for college may set up a custodial 529 plan account. A custodial 529 plan account is a 529 plan owned by a minor child, who is also the named beneficiary on the account. Custodial 529 plan accounts offer many of the same benefits as a traditional 529 plan account, but there are also some key differences.

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What are the Differences between the FAFSA and CSS Profile?

Students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for college financial aid from the federal government, state government and most colleges and universities. For many colleges and universities, the FAFSA is the only form students need to file. However, some colleges require a supplemental form called the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA. The CSS Profile differs from the FAFSA in many ways, including more than twice as many questions.

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