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    Congress Proposes Overhaul of Federal Student Loan and Grant Programs

    Congress Proposes Overhaul of Federal Student Loan and Grant Programs
    The US House of Representatives is considering legislation to overhaul the federal education loan and grant programs. The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, nicknamed SAFRA, will increase funding for federal student aid programs and simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. These changes will implement several of President Obama's campaign promises. Switch to 100% Direct Lending Starting ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +205
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    First Steps Toward Simplifying the FAFSA

    First Steps Toward Simplifying the FAFSA
    Student aid policy experts have argued for years that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is too long and too complicated. The FAFSA form is a source of confusion and frustration for many families. The policy experts have proven that the current process of applying for financial aid is itself a problem that prevents millions of students from applying ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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    President Obama Simplifies the FAFSA for You

    President Obama Simplifies the FAFSA for You
    In a statement today, the Obama Administration announced sweeping changes to the FAFSA. Families filling out the FAFSA will no longer have to go through such a painstaking process just to see if they qualify for aid. With the new changes, the online FAFSA will see a drop from 30 screens of questions to 10, according to CNN. The goal, according ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +321
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    Hidden College Costs

    Hidden College Costs
    You've calculated tuition costs, figured in room, board and books. You've even checked out scholarships and grants, filled out the FAFSA and budgeted for day-to-day expenses like groceries and laundry money. You've covered all your financial bases. Yet even with careful planning, you may encounter college costs that take you by surprise. These costs crop up in the form of "miscellaneous ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Survey Says: Parents Still Saving for College Despite Economy

    Sallie Mae and Gallup just released the results of a survey of how American families save for college. The survey found that most parents are continuing to save for college despite the economy and that saving for college slightly trails saving for retirement. More than 9 in 10 of the parents (92%) think that it is likely or very likely that ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +22
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    Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments

    Grads to Get a Break on Student Loan Payments
    If you're struggling to make your monthly student loan payments on your measly first-job salary, you're not alone. The good news is, the government is taking notice -- and changing the game to make sure monthly payments don't cripple college grads. Even better, whatever you haven't paid off after 25 years may be forgiven. With this new option, instead of calculating ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +253
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    Employer Tuition Assistance

    Employer Tuition Assistance
    Your employer may provide you with up to $5,250 in employer education assistance benefits for undergraduate or graduate courses tax-free each year. The benefits must have been paid for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment. In certain circumstances payments above $5,250 may also be tax-free. About one-twelfth of undergraduate students and one-fifth of graduate students (two-fifths of MBA students) receive employer ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Tuition and Fees Deduction

    The Tuition and Fees Deduction allows taxpayers to deduct up to $4,000 in tuition expenses as an above-the-line exclusion from income. This tax benefit is also known as the Limited Deduction for Tuition Expenses or as the Torricelli Deduction. This deduction may be taken even if the taxpayer does not itemize. The deduction is currently set to expire at the end ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +20
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    Student Loan Interest Deduction

    Student Loan Interest Deduction
    Borrowers of federal and private education loans may deduct up to $2,500 in interest as an above-the-line exclusion from income. This deduction may be taken even if the taxpayer does not itemize. Amount of the Deduction You can deduct up to $2,500 in interest on a qualified education loan. The deduction is taken as an adjustment to income, so you can ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Lifetime Learning Tax Credit

    The Lifetime Learning provides a federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 per taxpayer based on the first $10,000 in postsecondary tuition and fees paid by the taxpayer during the tax year. The Lifetime learning tax credit is 20% of the first $10,000. The tax credit may be received for an unlimited number of years. Amount of Credit The Lifetime ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Hope Scholarship Tax Credit

    The Hope Scholarship provides a federal income tax credit of up to $2,500 (40% refundable) per student based on the first $4,000 in postsecondary tuition, fees and course materials paid by the taxpayer during the tax year. The Hope Scholarship tax credit is 100% of the first $2,000 and 25% of the second $2,000. The tax credit is limited to the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Complete, Concise Federal Loan Programs Info

    As soon as a student begins their college search process, they meet their biggest adversary: money. Unfortunately, money only complicates things for students searching for the perfect school. Throw in words like "unsubsidized Stafford loan" and they're ready to quit college before it even starts. However, Kantrowitz has a great way of simplifying federal loan programs for students. The Stafford Loan ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Can You Get a Loan-Free Education?

    Can You Get a Loan-Free Education?
    Universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale are doing away with college loans in favor of endowment-driven grants. Could this spark a bona fide loan-free trend among the nation's colleges? Is this the financial leg up you've been hoping for? The good news is that if your family's income is less than a certain magic number, you are bound to be eligible ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Obama Promises to Show Students the Money

    Obama Promises to Show Students the Money
    Stephanie Stevenson’s parents always encouraged her to pursue higher education, saying it would not only make her a better person but a better citizen. Stevenson has taken this to heart by achieving high grades at the University of Maryland and plans to gain a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Urban Planning. Today, at a White House Press Conference on Higher Education, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +438
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    He's the Financial Aid Guru. Only on Fastweb.

    He's the Financial Aid Guru.  Only on Fastweb.
    Is your financial aid advice featured in The New York Times? Didn’t think so. Mark Kantrowitz, is nationally recognized as an often quoted leading financial aid expert. With degrees from M.I.T., Carnegie-Mellon and more quotes than Webster’s, he is the financial aid guy’s financial aid guy. Here’s his advice for these tough times. Kantrowitz strongly encourages families to save 1/3 of ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +37
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    Is Your Financial Aid a Victim of the Recession?

    Is Your Financial Aid a Victim of the Recession?
    The stock market’s in a slump. The economy isn't rebounding. Jobs are hard to come by-- and so are student loans. But you’re not sure how — or if— any of it affects you. Chances are it will. And while you may not be feeling the effects of it yet, that’s simply because it hasn’t trickled down yet. When it comes ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +9
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    The Recession-ized Loan Guide

    The Recession-ized Loan Guide
    You have to be completely oblivious to not know about the barrage of bailouts by the federal government by now. Unfortunately though, there is no news on a possible student loan bailout. So for now, students need to simply get smart on future loan opportunities. Even though you're already in school, it's not too late to get more help. Federal Student ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Going Out of State Can Cost You

    Going Out of State Can Cost You
    If she wanted to save money on tuition, Erin Patterson had to make some money quickly. As an out-of-state student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Patterson needed to earn a certain amount on her W-2 in order to claim residency and thus lower her tuition bill. “I had no intention of becoming a resident of Missouri when I started college, but ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Four Secret Tuition Savers

    Four Secret Tuition Savers
    For you juniors starting to think about your next step, you’re realizing that your college search might boil down to one thing: money. But if the sticker price on your dream school isn’t realistic, don’t worry. The advertised tuition figure isn’t always the bottom line. Hidden programs could wind up saving you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Here are four ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +83
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    A Hidden Financial Aid Gem Right Under Your Nose

    A Hidden Financial Aid Gem Right Under Your Nose
    A common scholarship myth is that millions of dollars go unclaimed each year, and it is exactly that: a myth. But there’s another way to save money that has gone untapped by thousands of students and their families, a source of help “hidden” in plain sight. It’s so hidden, students failed to take advantage of millions of dollars in benefits, according ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +23
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