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

<b>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 by a parent as account owner with me as the beneficiary. Since I don't list parent assets when filling out the FAFSA, do I need to list the prepaid tuition plan? If so, how does this effect my financial aid? Do I list the current value of the plan? <em>&mdash; Jim C.</em></b> The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 changed the treatment of qualified education benefits effective July 1, 2009. Quali... Full Story

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White House Takes Stand against Campus Sexual Assault Misconduct with New Policy

White House Takes Stand against Campus Sexual Assault Misconduct with New Policy

Top administration officials, including the president and vice president, will no longer visit colleges with failing campus sexual assault policies.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 5, 2016
Trump University, For-Profit, Undergoes Investigation and Criticism Again

Trump University, For-Profit, Undergoes Investigation and Criticism Again

Trump University comes under fire in court case.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published June 28, 2016
Choose Staffing as a Career &amp; Love What You Do

Choose Staffing as a Career & Love What You Do

Want a meaningful and rewarding career? Learn more about an exciting career in the staffing and recruiting industry.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 30, 2015
What’s in Your Financial Aid Package?

What’s in Your Financial Aid Package?

Once you have been admitted to college, it's time to weigh the financial aid package you will receive. The package should contain all federal and institutional aid that will go towards ...

Ryan Uricks, Fastweb
Published February 26, 2015
Dartmouth Takes a Stand, Bans Hard Alcohol

Dartmouth Takes a Stand, Bans Hard Alcohol

Dartmouth University bans all hard alcohol from campus.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published February 16, 2015
Survey: College Freshmen More Depressed than Ever

Survey: College Freshmen More Depressed than Ever

National survey says incoming college freshmen more depressed than ever.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published February 11, 2015
Show Me the Money: Donations to Colleges at All-Time High

Show Me the Money: Donations to Colleges at All-Time High

Schools across the country brought in big bucks from donations last year.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published February 9, 2015
Recapping Higher Education in President Obama’s State of the Union

Recapping Higher Education in President Obama’s State of the Union

President Obama delivers the State of the Union on January 20, 2015.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published January 21, 2015
President Obama Proposes Free Community College for Students

President Obama Proposes Free Community College for Students

President Obama promises free community college.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published January 13, 2015
FAFSA Mistake for 165,000 Students: Are You One of Them?

FAFSA Mistake for 165,000 Students: Are You One of Them?

Did the mistake on the FAFSA form cost you? Find out.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published July 14, 2014
Celebrate National Volunteer Week in April

Celebrate National Volunteer Week in April

Become a hero and celebrate National Volunteer Month by volunteering for a cause you're passionate about!

Published March 24, 2013
Has Political Correctness Gone Overboard?

Has Political Correctness Gone Overboard?

How far should schools go in terms of political correctness?

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published November 7, 2012
Making Time

Making Time

There are simple ways to give yourself the illusion of having more time.

Kristen Lemaster
Published November 6, 2012
How to Have the Worst College Visit Ever

How to Have the Worst College Visit Ever

Campus tours are great, but try to explore the college campus on your own, too.

Alison Graham
Published November 2, 2012
Overachievers Anonymous

Overachievers Anonymous

There’s only one word to sum up a “do-it-all” personality type: overachiever.

Brandon Huffman
Published October 26, 2012
The 2012 Presidential Candidates, In Their Own Words

The 2012 Presidential Candidates, In Their Own Words

Where the 2012 Presidential Candidates stand on higher education is an issue that will directly affect many students who are voting in the election.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published October 25, 2012
Athletic Scholarships - Who Gets Them and How Many Are There?

Athletic Scholarships - Who Gets Them and How Many Are There?

Two students play basketball.

By Leah Westfall
Published July 15, 2011
Could Copying Homework Lead to a Course Failure? These Test Results Prove the Answer is Yes.

Could Copying Homework Lead to a Course Failure? These Test Results Prove the Answer is Yes.

If you thought cheating was the easy, quick way to better grades, turns out you're wrong. A new study indicates that students who cheat on homework actually learn less and are ...

By Leah Westfall
Published June 21, 2011
The Winner’s Path to an Athletic Scholarship

The Winner’s Path to an Athletic Scholarship

Learn how to get noticed by the coach.

By NCSA
Published June 17, 2011
Making the Most Out of Unofficial Visits

Making the Most Out of Unofficial Visits

Show the coach you're interested with an unofficial campus visit.

By NCSA
Published June 17, 2011
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After the FAFSA: What to Do Once You’ve Submitted Yours

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Once you've submitted your FAFSA, you may have questions or changes to the document. Here's what you should expect and how to make edits.

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