What Is an ABLE Account (529A Savings Plan)? Is It Right for Your Family?

By Austin Perryman / January 11, 2021

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law in December of 2014 to help disabled Americans and their families save money for future expenses (e.g. college) without losing their private insurance and state/federal benefits. As the advocacy of the special need’s community continues to be a major focal point in financial…

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Student Loan Stimulus Ending: What Federal Borrowers Need to Know

By Bradley Wood / December 22, 2020

The House and Senate have finally passed a second stimulus bill to the tune of $900 billion. Surprisingly, despite the bill being over 5,000 pages long, student loan relief is nowhere to be found. Background of Student Loan Relief in 2020 Since March, the federal government has granted an administrative forbearance for student loan borrowers…

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8 Ways Your Student Can Help You Save on College

By Zack Whitlock / December 15, 2020

Your Child Needs to Understand the Financial Piece of College Finding the right college can take a lot of research and time.  The more collaborative the decision-making process between you and your child, the smoother the process will be and the higher the chances that your student ends up attending the right school. No parent…

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How to Talk with Your Parents about Paying for College

By Online Media Source / November 23, 2020

Before you finalize your college list, make sure you and your parents are in synch about paying for college. Here are a few tips to help you and your parents have a productive discussion. Getting good grades, taking admissions tests, researching colleges, and completing applications are all part of the experience of applying to college.…

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Paying for College for Divorced Families: A Closer Look at Financial Aid Strategies

By Zaina Bankwalla / November 16, 2020

When elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled!  This, in a nutshell, is the effect of divorce on kids. When parents are wrangling about alimony, asset distribution, and who gets the large collection of Tupperware, it’s fairly common to overlook what really matters. How do the kids feel? What does their future look like?…

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Choosing the Right College: Look Beyond the Brochures

By Brock Jolly / November 3, 2020

This post was updated on November 3, 2020. It was originally published on July 6, 2016. If your child is serious about going to college, then you need to look beyond those expensive, glossy, full-color college brochures and fancy websites that tout the institution’s image and credentials. You need to do your research and ask…

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The 2021-22 Financial Aid Season Kicked Off October 1 with the FAFSA

By Online Media Source / October 23, 2020

This is a guest post from John Hupalo, Founder of Invite Education and MyCollegeCorner.com. On October 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) was made available for high school seniors and college students enrolling for Academic Year 2021-22.  You read that right.  Even though it feels like the school year just started, colleges…

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College Tuition Is Negotiable: How Do I Take Advantage?

By Online Media Source / October 5, 2020

This is a guest post from Joel Peck, CPA, and Founder of GettingMoneyForCollege.com. The Myth of College Pricing We are consumers in a consumer-driven market. And knowing how to negotiate really works. Walk onto the lot of a car dealership and these negotiation skills will come in handy. It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t pay…

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10 Items You Should Research Before Ever Committing To A College

By Brock Jolly / September 22, 2020

This post was updated on September 23, 2020. It was originally published on June 1, 2016.  Rising high school juniors and seniors have already begun or will begin to look seriously at colleges soon. Many students are focused on the following factors in their college search: The looks and size of the campus The quality…

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Socializing and Preserving Mental Health in College: The COVID Conundrum

By Willis Holdeman / September 21, 2020

Don’t Scoff at University Social Events After graduating high school, I was more than ready to move into my college dorm room at the end of summer.  Unlike many prospective students in the current pandemic, I was able to visit campus a few times over that summer to explore dorm room options and submit my…

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