Education Planning 101
|Title and Description|
| ABCs of Financial Aid |
These days, it's hard to talk about college without mentioning financial aid. Yet this pairing isn't a marriage of love, but one of necessity.
| Can I afford to send my child to college? |
It's the question every parent dreads. Although the answer hopefully is yes, you'll have to plan ahead.
| College Funding Options Analyzer |
This tool will help determine eligibility for popular college-funding options.
| College Savings Analyzer |
This calculator estimates a child's future college costs and calculates the monthly and annual savings required to meet those costs.
| Education Tax Credits |
Now that your child is in college, you might qualify for one of two education tax credits the Hope credit and the Lifetime Learning credit.
| Finding Money to Pay College Bills Out of Pocket |
Your child is in college, but you probably can't disappear just yet there are still bills to pay.
| Finding the Funds to Pay for a College Education |
Finding the funds to pay for your child's college education is like filling a test tube.
| Helping Your Child Make the Transition from High School to College |
Though you won't be able to ride along in your child's suitcase, there are ways you can help him or her make the adjustment to college.
| Higher Education Figures At-A-Glance |
This table lists the various important financial aspects of paying for higher education, such as Tax credits, deductions, and Coverdell ESA.
| Research Tips when Choosing a College |
You may think a hands-off approach is best to avoid interfering, but it's important to help your child research schools.
| Sticker Shock Creative Ways to Lower the Cost of College |
You and your child should consider steps that can actually lower college costs.
| Student Loan Basics |
Whether you have a small sum or a small fortune to pay off, you'll want to brush up on some student loan basics.
| The Best Ways to Save for College |
Choose a savings vehicle that offers you the best combination of tax advantages, financial aid benefits, and flexibility.
| The College Application Process |
Your child should allow plenty of time to work on the applications, and you'll want to make sure that you're available for help.