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College planning

Explore the articles in this section to learn expert tips on paying for college, saving money, getting financial aid and making informed decisions on student loans

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College Planning

5 ways to save money during college

This article describes several ways students can save money in college, such as taking advantage of on-campus amenities and using a meal plan, in order to graduate with less debt.

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College Planning

529 Plan rules: Must I use all the money for educational expenses?

529 Plans enable people to save money to pay for college, but what expenses qualify? It's important to know how you can use 529s and avoid penalties.

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529 Prepaid tuition and 529 college savings plans differences

You have choices in the type of 529 plan you start, but it’s important to know the differences. Some benefits may be more important to you than others.

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College Planning

529 savings plan - preparing baby for college

With much to plan for with a new baby, saving for college may be the furthest thing from your mind. Truth is, with the rising cost of college tuition, it's never too soon.

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College Planning

A few tax-beneficial ways grandparents can gift money for college


Grandparents who want to help grandchildren attend college have lots of options. But a few may be more beneficial for both the grandparents and the student — especially when it comes to financial aid.

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An interesting fact about interest

Understand the tax implications of student loan interest. Here are some questions that need to be answered before making a decision.

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College Planning

Are prepaid debit cards a good choice for college students?

Maintaining good credit is an essential part of a responsible adulthood. Help your student understand how credit card payments work.

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