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How To Ask Friends and Family for Money for a Child's College Savings Plan

How To Ask Friends and Family for Money for a Child's College Savings Plan

In a Fastweb survey of high school and college students about preferred holiday gifts, more than half of the respondents said that they were hoping for money for college. But asking ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 12, 2011
Top Twelve Tips for Asking for College Savings Cash

Top Twelve Tips for Asking for College Savings Cash

If you don't ask, you definitely won't get anything.

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 9, 2011
How Do I Fix an Non-Qualified Distribution from a College Savings Plan?

How Do I Fix an Non-Qualified Distribution from a College Savings Plan?

I had a CollegeSure CD for my son who started college last fall. After the CD matured in August, I cashed it out and put the money in a savings account ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 4, 2011
Free Money for College Savings

Free Money for College Savings

There are a variety of national, state and local programs that encourage families to save for college by providing families with free money. There are two main types of such programs: ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 4, 2011
Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

Should Parents Transfer College Savings from an UTMA Account to a 529 Plan?

My twin daughters will be entering college in the fall. We have saved for their college education over the last 17 years. Presently the savings are held in two accounts each: ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 18, 2010
Survey Says: Families Perceive College Costs as Increasing by 17% Compared with Last Year

Survey Says: Families Perceive College Costs as Increasing by 17% Compared with Last Year

Sallie Mae and Gallup just released the results of their third annual survey of how American families pay for college. The survey found that families perceived college costs as increasing by ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 9, 2010
Reporting Prepaid Tuition Plans and 529 Plans on the FAFSA for Independent Students

Reporting Prepaid Tuition Plans and 529 Plans on the FAFSA for Independent Students

I'm confused as to how to treat a prepaid tuition plan when applying for financial aid. I'm an independent student but I have a small prepaid tuition account which is held ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published July 19, 2010
Which 529 College Savings Plans are Reported on the FAFSA?

Which 529 College Savings Plans are Reported on the FAFSA?

On the FAFSA we listed the value of all three of our children's 529 plan accounts, not just our oldest son's 529 plan. There was no way to differentiate the amounts ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published June 7, 2010
Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 0.5% to $222,360

Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 0.5% to $222,360

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that middle-income two-parent families will spend $222,360 in 2009 dollars to raise a child born in 2009 from birth to high school graduation. The cost ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 28, 2010
Pay Down Mortgage or Contribute to Son's 529?

Pay Down Mortgage or Contribute to Son's 529?

I just sold my house and moved in with my new husband. We have three children between us (two are his) and are looking for a bigger house. Would it make ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published December 14, 2009
Time to panic about prepaid tuition plans?

Time to panic about prepaid tuition plans?

The New York Times reported on October 5, 2009 that 16 of the 18 state prepaid tuition plans are facing funding shortfalls because of a combination of stock market losses and ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published October 5, 2009
Congress Passes Legislation Ending the Federally-Guaranteed Student Loan Program

Congress Passes Legislation Ending the Federally-Guaranteed Student Loan Program

The US House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA) on September 17, 2009 by a party-line vote of 253 to 171. This legislation eliminates ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 22, 2009
The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

Find out how to discuss the elephant in the room when it comes to paying for college.

By The About U Team
Published September 2, 2009
Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 4.4% to $221,190

Cost of Raising Children from Birth to High School Graduation Up 4.4% to $221,190

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that middle-income two-parent families will spend $221,190 in 2008 dollars to raise a child born in 2008 from birth to high school graduation. The cost ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 25, 2009
Introduction to Saving for College

Introduction to Saving for College

You're about to have a baby and you're already worrying about how to pay for their college education. Or your son or daughter just started high school and you read about ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 19, 2009
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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published July 5, 2009
Survey Says: Parents Still Saving for College Despite Economy

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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 29, 2009
Complete, Concise Federal Loan Programs Info

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 ...

Published May 15, 2009
Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students

Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students

Returning students can qualify for plenty of scholarship and grant opportunities.

By Jose Vasquez, author of Free Cash for College: The Everyday Students' Guide to Financial Aid
Published April 21, 2009
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Big Boost in Student Aid Funding

The stimulus package increases federal student aid funding

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 21, 2009