The tax reform legislation signed into law on December 22, 2017, brings several important enhancements to 529 college savings plans. Beginning on January 1, 2018, account owners may take tax-free withdrawals up to $10,000 annually from their accounts for tuition expenses at public, private, or religious schools. This provision applies to elementary, middle, and high […]
College. It is one of the biggest expenses that those who have children will face during their lives. Only home ownership and retirement present larger financial commitments for most Americans. The median price of a new home in the US was $300,200 in August of this year (US Census Bureau). Retired households spend an average […]
Many parents may not be familiar with the process for applying for, and qualifying for, financial aid for college. They may also not know which assets hurt their chances for receiving financial aid, and which do not. Understanding the process is especially relevant, because parents are now able to begin filing for financial aid for […]
The New Times recently published a very helpful article on understanding college savings strategies in their “Your Money” section. “FAFSA”, “EFC”, “Pell Grant”, and more. Financial aid for college is as much art as it is science. Determining your family’s Expected Family Contribution is critical, and the EFC formula is intricate. For example, your income […]
A beginner’s guide to repaying student loans, from the New York Times in May, 2014.
Consumers today have more tools that ever to help decipher college prices, and the financial aid packages that may be offered by those schools. College websites are required by law to have net-price calculators, to help applicants estimate what they will really be required to pay, rather than relying on inflated “sticker prices”. And the […]
Four important but often unknown aspects of 529 college savings plans were highlighted in a recent MarketWatch article. First, you have payment options when taking account distributions. Second, the IRS will be made aware of your withdrawals by the plan administrator. Third, your withdrawal may not be tax-free even in a year with significant college […]