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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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  • 529 Day InfoGraphic Release

    Find out what 529 plans across the country are doing to celebrate 5-29 Day on May 29, 2014.

  • 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.

  • 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

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Summer Enrichment: Money Matters provide Teachable Moments

By Patricia Roberts, Managing Director
AllianceBernstein L.P.
July 21, 2014

The welcomed and relaxed pace of summer provides a unique opportunity for us to catch our breath and address issues (big and small) that have been pushed to the side during the hustle and bustle of the school year. Even more importantly, with a bit less on our collective plates, the summer season also presents the opportunity to connect in meaningful ways with our families and particularly, with the children in our lives.

With formal learning in the rear-view mirror for a while, opportunities abound for school age children to explore and learn outside the classroom, in more relaxed circumstances. When we think about the experiences we'd like to have with the children in our lives this summer, it’s also good to think about the knowledge we'd like to impart.

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