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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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
15 College Coach &quot;Turn Offs&quot; to Avoid

15 College Coach "Turn Offs" to Avoid

College coaches are evaluating prospects during every single interaction. Whether the coach is watching film, talking to an athlete on campus or watching them deal with a loss after a high ...

By NCSA
Published June 16, 2011
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
35 Steps All Athletes Can Take to Win an Athletic Scholarship

35 Steps All Athletes Can Take to Win an Athletic Scholarship

Recruits are always wondering what they can to do improve their recruiting process. Here are 35 steps that ALL recruits can take to get one step closer to an athletic scholarship ...

By NCSA
Published June 16, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
Bad Boy Athletes Help Students Pay for School: Michael Vick

Bad Boy Athletes Help Students Pay for School: Michael Vick

Michael Vick gives a commencement speech and awards two $5,000 scholarships. Photo courtesy of thecotilliononline.com.

By Leah Westfall
Published June 15, 2011
Debate to End Athletic Scholarships

Debate to End Athletic Scholarships

Should there be an end to athletic scholarships?

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published June 16, 2011
Hidden Money for School

Hidden Money for School

After tapping the financial aid and scholarship fields dry, where else is there to go? Digging a little deeper can reap big rewards if you work a little harder. Resources are ...

Ryan Uricks, Fastweb
Published November 23, 2009
Best Jobs for Working Students

Best Jobs for Working Students

For many of you, a job to help pay the tuition bills is a must. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to flipping burgers at minimum wage. Depending on your ...

Ryan Uricks, Fastweb
Published September 8, 2008
Show me the Money: The Art of Negotiating for a Scholarship

Show me the Money: The Art of Negotiating for a Scholarship

In many ways, negotiating for an athletic scholarship is exactly like negotiating for just about anything. As anyone who has seen Jerry Maguire or an episode of Entourage can appreciate, successfully ...

By NCSA
Published June 16, 2011
Making Time

Making Time

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

Kristen Lemaster
Published November 6, 2012
Bad Boy Athletes Help Students Pay for School: Braylon Edwards

Bad Boy Athletes Help Students Pay for School: Braylon Edwards

Braylon Edwards at third spring achievement lunch. Photo courtesy of braylonedwardsfoundation.org.

By Leah Westfall
Published June 8, 2011
Obama Earth Day Challenge Last Year - Have You Held Up Your End?

Obama Earth Day Challenge Last Year - Have You Held Up Your End?

Last year U.S. President Barack Obama tossed a green gauntlet, challenging Americans to take action to better the environment in honor of Earth Day. Have you done your part to better ...

United Press International via Yellowbrix
Published April 20, 2011
Bad Boy Athletes Help Students Pay for School: Barry Bonds

Bad Boy Athletes Help Students Pay for School: Barry Bonds

Photo: Barry Bonds (AP Photo/Graphic)

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published June 8, 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
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
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