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A Short Course in Budgeting 

A Short Course in Budgeting

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One “extracurricular” activity that every student should master while in college is personal money management. Typically, a student’s day-to-day spending is done on an improvised basis, meaning that overspending is often the norm rather than the exception.

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Education Funding Options for the Growing Family 

Education Funding Options for the Growing Family

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You just received the wonderful news that you and your spouse are going to become parents. Thoughts of the many adventures that parenting will bring are swirling through your head. The last thing that may be on your mind is paying for college, but thinking about it now may save you later.

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Education Savings with a Coverdell ESA 

Education Savings with a Coverdell ESA

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If you’re thinking about ways to fund your child’s education, the Federal government has provided an incentive—the Coverdell Education Savings Account (Coverdell ESA), formerly known as the Education IRA. Contributions are not tax deductible, but withdrawals for eligible education expenses are tax-free.

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Funding 529 Plans with UGMA/UTMA Assets 

Funding 529 Plans with UGMA/UTMA Assets

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Prior to the popularity of 529 plans, many people saving for their children’s education opted for either a Uniform Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) account or a Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) account, depending on their state of residence. Today, for those looking to reap the tax benefits 529 plans offer, it is possible to fund most 529 plans with assets from an UGMA or UTMA; however, no two 529 plans are alike. Before an investment is made in a particular 529 plan, the rules applicable to that particular plan should be reviewed carefully.

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Payback Time: Facing Student Loans 

Payback Time: Facing Student Loans

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It takes four years, on average, to graduate from most colleges and universities. During that time, students can accumulate a large amount of debt. For most, the degree is worth the burden of paying off student loans long after graduation. However, these questions remain: How should the debt be repaid? Are there any plans that can help make “payback” easier? What if a student can’t find a job right away?

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Planning for College Tuition Hikes 

Planning for College Tuition Hikes

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For most people, a child’s college education is the second most expensive purchase (after that of a home) they will ever make. For parents and grandparents who wish to estimate the cost of a college education, the following information can help provide you with an educated guess.

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Tips for College Financial Aid 

Tips for College Financial Aid

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If one or more of your children will reach college age soon, you may be wondering how you will manage all the costs. For many families, a financial aid package provides some level of tuition support in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study placements. Aid is primarily based on the family’s need. If it is determined that you’re able to afford the cost of college, your quest for assistance may be challenging, but not impossible.

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