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Unexpected ways to save for college
Need help paying for college? Try these savvy, nontraditional ways to save money.
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6 things to know about private student loans
When in college, a private loan to cover extra costs seems like a good idea. But watch out.
When a grad student is a freshman in borrowing
Here's a crash course in student loans if grad school will be your first time taking on debt.
Students face big financial aid changes in 2012
Fewer students will qualify for grant money, and federal student loans will get more expensive.
Is going to college really worth the cost?
With tuition bills and loan defaults on the rise, more students wonder if college is worth it.
Will prepaid tuition money move with us?
If a family changes states, the old one may still be used for the kids' prepaid tuition accounts.
Beat student debt blues: Get a job pre-diploma
Reduce the risk of student loan default by landing a job before you even finish college.
Financial aid opportunities for older students
Older adults might have an advantage over traditional college students in getting college aid.
When in Rome, save for college in US
A family living in Rome half of the year can use several college savings vehicles in the U.S.
Prepaid student ID cards making the grade?
A hybrid payment product lets student IDs double as prepaid cards. Here's what to know.
12 smart tips to finance college costs in 2012
Finding college financing takes time and research. Use this guide to get the most help.
College loans: Graduate then consolidate?
Bogged down by college debt? A financial aid guru weighs in on loan consolidation.
Back to school? College aid for older students
Age isn't a barrier when it comes to financial aid for college, if you know where to look.
Don't make your 529 plan distribution taxing
Want to keep your earnings from being taxed on a 529 plan distribution? Here's what to know.
A dozen unusual scholarships for students
Scholarships abound for students with interests in everything from sheep to duct tape fashions.
529 college savings plans: 2 are better than 1
Ex-spouses can open separate college savings plans for a child. Here's how to iron out the details.
Students score top discount perks
Don't pay full price when you're a student. From laptops to new clothes, student discounts abound.
10 ways to pay college tuition in 2011
College is pricey. Get schooled in these creative cost-cutting strategies.
Is it smart to buy tuition insurance?
Your investment can be protected if your scholar withdraws from college, but consider the caveats.
Raid 529 college plan to pay down debts?
With college paid by the GI Bill, direct your 529 to trim debt unless tax issues arise.
Financial aid timeline for the college-bound
High school seniors should start lining up financial aid now. This timeline can keep you on track.
Life insurance or 529 for college savings?
Weigh the pros and cons of using a cash value life insurance policy over a 529 plan.
Pros and cons of prepaid tuition plans
While most states assume the risk of prepaid plans, they're not risk-free for families.
Raid 529 to pay off student loan?
You can pay off a student loan with a college savings plan, but it may be a taxing matter.
Gifts for the high school graduate
With their generous gifts, relatives may unwittingly negate a grad's financial aid.
No parents, no financial aid (mostly)
There are instances where you can file for aid without parents, but they're slim and grim.
4 strategies for resetting college savings
Will your 529 plan cover college? If you're not sure, look for new ways to pay for school.
Ace college financing while in high school
Your high school kids can enhance their college financial aid chances with these tasks.
9 stealthy 529 plan fees to avoid
There are fees attached to college savings plans, but these charges might sneak by you.
Do you need a financial aid consultant?
With tuition prices increasing, a private consultant could get you more college cash -- or not.
Debt-free college degree
There are many benefits to getting a college degree. Here's how to be debt-free and educated.
Is a 529 plan right for college savings?
Do some homework before determining the best tax-advantaged college savings plan.
Is there a way out for student co-signer?
Some private student loans allow a co-signer to be removed under certain conditions.
Age-based 529 plan adjusts automatically
Convert your 529 assets to less-risky choices as your child gets older.
When 529 plans aren't the right choice
A 529 plan doesn't fit everyone. Here are some alternatives when it's not the best option.
Timing Section 529 withdrawals
The IRS has specific rules about when to withdraw from a 529 for college expenses.
Convert IRA to 529 for college?
Using an IRA to pay for college could trigger taxes, but you can avoid a penalty.
Coverdells offer investing flexibility
Coverdells have some advantages over 529 plans. Find out whether they could work for you.
Can 529 fund graduate school?
The 529 account isn't limited to undergraduate expenses, if you follow the rules.
Roth IRA or 529 plan for college savings?
Prepaid college plans can trump college savings plans, but there are limitations.
529 college savings plans reduce fees
Many states are cutting 529 plan fees. It might be time to look at changing plans.
College tax break tied to student's status
Parents are not eligible for the education tax exclusion unless one fact is true about their child.
College savings: 529 plan or Roth?
What is the best way to save for college? The answer differs from family to family.
New college financing rules in place
Rules that went into effect this summer change the college financing picture for the better.
College loans swamp out-of-work dad
A jobless father wonders how he'll pay off $70,000 in school loans for his children.
College choice won't kill 529 tax break
A student's decision to attend school out of state won't kill a 529 plan withdrawal tax break.
Too late to start 529 college savings plan?
Does it make sense to open a 529 college savings plan for an 18-year-old child?
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