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Questions tagged [college]

Questions related to saving and paying for a college education

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Where or to whom can I go to get personalized advice regarding college and the financing involved?

I have a very difficult decision to make. I could choose to go to a university where I will most likely go into debt (around ~40k) because either my parents are unwilling to spend the money or they ...
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My parents claim they cannot pay for my college education; what are my options?

I have divorced parents, one makes a lot more money than the other, but that one (who makes more money) claims due to court rulings he pays a lot of money to the other parent and that they are wasting ...
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Beta of portfolio containing stocks and risk free assets

(c) Tilly Tiepy has an equally weighted portfolio comprising 30 stocks and a risk free asset. The average beta of the stocks of 1.2. Tilly has half the value of her portfolio in treasury (exchequer) ...
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Understanding the effect of parent PLUS loan on the parent's credit score

I am helping a family navigate paying for college and I have a question that I cannot seem to answer by searching this site or any of the federal sites. Suppose the mom takes out a Parent PLUS loan ...
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Option for health insurance coverage when going back to school in 30s

Specifically for health insurance coverage: What are ones options when going back to school full-time in their 30s? Do schools provide any sort of coverage plans, if so are how do they compare to a ...
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Is the child responsible for the Parent PLUS Loan when the parent has passed away?

Is the child responsible for the Direct Parent PLUS Loan when the loan is under the parent that has passed away? Specifically by the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
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Do I have to tell the IRS that I was a student?

I know this question seems backwards, because most people obviously want to tell the IRS that they were students so that they can get a bigger tax refund. However, my wife and I were very fortunate ...
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Federal Aid and Tuition Reimbursement at work

My situation is the following: my wife and I are adults who are trying to complete our first bachelor degrees respectively (we started our degrees and dropped out years ago) so far, we both have been ...
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Can I deposit money into a 529 and withdraw for expenses in the same year?

If I have: Spent $5k in eligible education expenses on January 1st, 2018 Deposited $5k into my 529 for 2018 on December 31st am I able to immediately withdraw that $5k to pay for the educational ...
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Paying off debt and living within means vs. long term planning

My husband and I are divided as to the best way to handle our current financial situation. First, a little background. We are in our high 20’s, have been married for six years and have three kids. ...
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Are federal pell grants applied on top of college scholarships?

Does the scholarship that your college provide you with include the federal pell grant or is the grant amount an additional amount to the scholarship provided by the college?
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How to smartly enter information of the CSS Profile and IDAC form?

All need-based financial aid colleges in the USA require filling out the CSS Profile and IDOC Form to determine financial need. Hence it is in the student and his family's interest to show their ...
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How do I account for federal and state (NE) taxes to cash out a UTMA for a minor for college?

My son has lived with my mom for about 15 years as a guardian. She setup an UTMA account in Nebraska. She and her husband owned a farm and have done their taxes every year. My step dad passed away in ...
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How can I figure what fraction of college savings should be in my name vs. my child's name?

I am saving for kids' college expenses and heard (somewhere?) that one's expected contribution for college will be calculated at 100% of the child's assets and 7% of the parents' assets. (I believe it ...
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W8-BEN form for Indian student pursuing PhD in USA (NJ)

I got admitted to Rutgers as a PhD student and I'd be getting around $25.9k for my TA-ship each year. My department asked me to fill the W8-BEN form but I got stuck while filling fields 5 (SSN) , 7 (...
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Should I Invest While Attending College?

Should I invest a portion of my summer job income this summer, or should I save it all to help pay for my Freshman year in college? I figure since I'm still living at home, it would be best to utilize ...
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What should be kept for college expense tracking

Parent of a Freshman - looking at AOTC for 2017 taxes and planning for 2018, haven't gotten good advice on how to prepare for this year's taxes, getting an extension, and looking for a list of ...
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Uniform Gift to Minors Act - Which parent has tax implications?

I am looking to start a college savings fund for my daughter and am debating between the 529 and UGMA. I want to be able to save for her and if her grandparents pay for her college (very possible) or ...
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How much money from a 529 college savings plan can be applied towards rent when a university offers several tiers of accommodation?

I attend university in the United Kingdom but have a 529 college savings plan in the United States. As I understand it, money from this plan can be used to cover my off-campus housing expenses. ...
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How do Roth IRAs compare to Traditional IRAs for college savings?

I have seen some web pages and blog posts about using a Roth IRA instead of a 529 savings account to save for college costs as a way to have more flexibility with the investment and its returns. With ...
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529 College Savings Plans - How flexible is it, and can I withdraw (and pay taxes) if unused? [duplicate]

My US-born daughter has triple citizenship - Brazil, US and UK. We live in Texas and I would like to start saving for her education. My wife and I are also considering sending her to private ...
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Paying Off Student Debt Quickly

I'm 19 and transferred to a university. I left my community college with no debt. At my university due to my living situations I need to work full time. With that being said I have to have the vast ...
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Is it reasonable to purchase a home as a college student?

I'm a student the University of Louisville and I'm debating trying to buy a house in the area. Essentially, instead of paying rent, I would be paying a mortgage. I currently only have about $5k saved ...
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Will having savings and investments count against my kids' college financial aid?

I have a fairly modest income (closer to the poverty line than median income), but because we live abroad, we're able to live comfortably and save responsibly. We max out our IRA contributions every ...
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How can I pay for school to finish my degree when I can't get a student loan and have bad credit?

Situation I've been told that I've maxed out on my FAFSA student loans, and have bad credit and can't get a private loan. But I need to borrow money to go to school. Problem I need to get back to ...
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Can I take a Tuition and Fees Deduction when receiving third party assistance?

My wife and I took the Tuition and Fees Deduction in 2015 after receiving a 1098-T from her accredited University that had box 2 (Amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses) as $5603.80....
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Do I still need to pay college I owe money to even when they are no longer operating/shutdown?

Few years ago I attended this college in NH, USA. I owed them about $5,000 for courses and housing. Since I couldn't afford to pay for the next semester, I stopped going to that school. About 4 ...
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Would it be beneficial to not claim my daughter as a dependent so that she can qualify for a Pell Grant?

I am in the position of making enough money so that my daughter does not qualify for a Pell Grant. However, due to financial issues (primarily stemming from past medical expenses) I am not able to ...
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When paying for college, should I take out (interest-free) loans and pay them off with saved money, or use the saved money directly?

If I have money in various mutual funds / 529s / other college savings plans, would it be wise to take out interest-free loans for the duration of my education (in order to allow the money saved to ...
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Should a Low Income College Student Buy Insurance Through the Obamacare Marketplace?

I am an American college student. For 2016, I've made around $8,000 working. My parents, who are not American, and thus live and work overseas have been paying my rent which when I add the money they'...
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Should I leave my full time job to finish school quicker? [closed]

I currently have a well paying full time job as a web developer, I am also currently going to college part time taking about 6 credits per semester. At this rate it will take me much longer to finish ...
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Should a high-school student invest their (relative meager) savings?

I am a high school student, I don't really have much money, between one and two grand in my savings account. However, I have friends who are investing in both penny stocks and stocks. I do not really ...
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Is money in a UTMA considered when a student applies for financial aid?

If a student is applying to college and requesting student aid, but has a substantial amount of money in a UTMA account, can that negatively affect their chances to receive financial aid? If so, is ...
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What is a good strategy for an over-funded 529 account?

Given a situation where there is an abundance of funds in a 529 account for the current educational situation, what is a clean strategy for getting the money out with minimal taxation? This over-...
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Use IRA to pay back parents' college loan?

I know that IRAs can be used penalty free to pay for qualified college expenses for our children. We are presently in the AMT range, causing an effective 35% marginal tax rate, and would like to ...
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Recent College grad in need of car

I am a recent college grad with a salary around 48k/yr at a very stable job. When I began college my father leased a 2013 Hyundai Sonata for me with a 208/monthly payment. My lease is about to be up ...
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As a parent of a high school student, what should my short-term cash policy be to optimize my college costs?

My daughter will be applying to colleges in 1 year. Where should I keep my money to optimize my college financial aid eligibility? (parent-plus loans? something else?) E.g., should I keep as much as ...
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College student - I'm a 'dependent' and my parents won't apply for the Parent PLUS loan or cosign a private loan

This is currently happening to a friend. She is 19 years old and doesn't qualify as an 'independent' on the FAFSA. Her parents refuse to apply for the Parent PLUS loan and also refuse to cosign for a ...
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Do I have a time limit on my financial aid if I'm only using Pell Grants

I am enrolled in an Associates of Applied Science degree at community college. My grants have been enough to pay for the credit hours, so I have not taken out direct loans. Conversation wise, people ...
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How much money should a “fully-funded” 529 account contain to pay for a student's education?

What is the maximum, reasonable amount one might put into a 529 college savings account for the benefit of a single future student? 529 accounts have maximum allowed balances between $235k and $400k ...
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College funds - is it too late to open a 529?

We are immigrated parents and our daughter will be going to college in 3 years. What's the best option if we want to start saving for her college education? I would like to have an account with high ...
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529 - Grandparent/Extended Family Contribution - New York State

My first child is due in Mid - April (!!!!). I want to set up a 529 for him and I am curious if grandparents and/or extended family can contribute to it tax free? or is it a tax write off? We live ...
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Using a Roth IRA instead of a college savings account

This might be a foolish idea, and if it is please tell me why. Last night I got the idea that it might be a good idea to invest the money that I'm saving for my children in a Roth IRA in their name. ...
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Receive Multiple Grants?

Is it possible to receive multiple grants? I was approved for a TAP grant. But is it possible to also get a Pell grant, FSEOG grant, LEAP?
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How to determine if a school is 529 eligible

How can I determine if a particular educational institution is eligible for 529 college savings plans? I found a tool which claims to tell whether schools are eligible but I am not sure if this site ...
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What can I do to pay off Summer Tuition balance?

My financial situation breaks down like this. I currently have 3 semesters to graduation but I have a hold preventing me from taking classes because I owe a balance for tuition totaling in $4,114.74. ...
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Can I pay $20 on my credit card daily?

Here's the scenario, I'm new to credit card and I'm a college student. I need to buy laptop for Fall Semester and my credit card limit is $800. The laptop that I want to buy is $700. If I purchase the ...
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College savings using plain mutual funds instead of 529 plan?

I have two young children and am thinking about how to best save for their futures. I have read a lot about 529s and mutual funds (index, tax efficient ones) and was trying to get an outside opinion. ...
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Keep in state tuition when relocating to another state

My wife and I have lived in NC state for more than 10 years. I enrolled in an online program in the state university for continuing education one year ago. And eventually I will get a degree in 3 or 4 ...
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How can I find scholarships for college in my area?

There are tons of scholarship websites listed on Google, but they don't seen to contain the same data. Is there someplace I can go to view a more comprehensive database? I'm especially interested in ...