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  • Guide to Financial Aid: FAFSA, CSS and EFC

    This comprehensive guide to college aid, updated for 2014, will help you estimate how much your family will be expected to contribute toward the cost of college, provides links to Forbes new SmartSearch college planning software and will simplify the college financial aid system with straight-forward explanations of expected family contribution, need-based financial aid, merit aid, the FAFSA, CSS Profile, the Federal Methodology, Institutional Methodology and the Consensus Methodology of calculating EFC.

  • The College Degrees That Get The Most Job Offers

    Nearly 70% of computer science majors had at least one job offer before they graduated from college last year, according to data gathered by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE)

  • 11 strategies for getting financial aid

    If your high school junior or senior is preparing for college — it’s time you prepared to meet the FAFSA. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the gateway to need-based financial aid, Federal Pell Grants, scholarships, and federal and state student loans.

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  • Jenkins & Kind Introduce Legislation to Enhance 529 Plans

    This legislation seeks to make 529 plans more flexible and remove some of the barriers participants may have to saving, including: • Making computers an eligible expense • Allowing for investment changes up to four times a year (right now it is limited to once a year) • Allowing the redeposit of funds in certain circumstances (e.g. a student gets sick at the beginning of the term) without negative tax implications • Allowing funds from a 529 plan account to roll over to a Roth IRA under certain circ

  • 2013 Year-End 529 Report Release

    The average 529 account size continues to grow, reaching an all-time high of $19,584 as of December 31, 2013. This is a 14% increase over the past 12 months.

  • 2013 Year-End 529 Report

    Total investment by American families in 529 plans has reached a record level of $227.07 billion. In 2013, total assets in 529 plans grew by $36.4 billion dollars.

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Spring Clean Your Finances

By Young Boozer, Alabama State Treasurer
Vice Chairman of the College Savings Plans Network

April 21, 2014

It’s time to spring clean your finances. You won’t need a mop, bucket or soap. You don’t need to get down on your knees and scrub. But you will need to gather some tools and some supplies. And you will need to get busy.

Americans have just completed the annual ritual of filing their income taxes for 2013. The data is fresh. The numbers are current. Now is the time to begin spring cleaning your financial house to get into “spic and span” shape for the rest of this year and beyond.

Get prepared for a clean start. Stack up your family wages and income. Dust off those deductions. Scrub expenses to make sure you are using your resources in the most efficient manner. What you will uncover is how much you can clear for savings and investments. It’s a residue you can live with.

Among men, median earnings of four-year college graduates were 19 percent higher than median earnings of high school graduates in 1975. The gap grew to 37 percent in 1985, 56 percent in 1995, and 63 percent in 2005. View All

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