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Strategies for Paying for College

Even as college tuition continues to rise, more and more American families are paying less out of pocket than in previous years. During the 2015-16 academic year, grants and scholarships paid the largest portion of college expenses — 34 percent, compared to 30 percent the year before. In addition to grants and scholarships, parent income…

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Understanding the College Expected Family Contribution

There is a standard calculation used to determine how much a family can afford to pay for college and how much federal student aid their child may be eligible for. This calculation takes into account four different factors: Parents’ income – prior year adjusted gross income + contributions to tax-deferred retirement accounts Parents’ assets –…

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