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Is tuition refund insurance worthwhile?

Is tuition refund insurance worthwhile?

College is a big investment, as expensive as buying an automobile or a house. You insure your car and your home, why not insure your child's college education? Tuition refund insurance ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published July 31, 2009
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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 26, 2009
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, ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 18, 2009
Tuition and Fees Deduction

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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 18, 2009
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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 18, 2009
Lifetime Learning Tax Credit

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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 18, 2009
Hope Scholarship Tax Credit

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 ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published May 17, 2009
Ask the Expert: Why Not Borrow from My 401(k) for My Daughter's College Tuition?

Ask the Expert: Why Not Borrow from My 401(k) for My Daughter's College Tuition?

Why borrowing tuition money from your 401(k) is a bad idea.

By Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 21, 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
Solutions for Borrowers Who are Having Trouble Repaying Education Loans

Solutions for Borrowers Who are Having Trouble Repaying Education Loans

There are many options for repayment relief for borrowers who are having trouble repaying their education loans. These include deferments and forbearances that suspend the monthly payment obligation, alternate repayment plans ...

Mark Kantrowitz
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
How to Handle a Tuition Hike

How to Handle a Tuition Hike

How would you cope with a hike in tuition?

By Sandra Guy
Published September 4, 2008