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January 2020

Welcome to my new site!

I’ve changed! And for the better, I think. While it’s probably pretty obvious why I redesigned The College Financial Lady, I thought I’d give you the full background anyway. I started writing this blog 6 years ago, in January 2014. I had made a New Year’s resolution to develop a writing habit. At the time, I was getting a lot…

What do I do with Form 1098-T?

Form 1098-T is a tuition statement that colleges and universities are required to provide. The 1098-T shows “payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses” and scholarships received, provided they either came from the college or were disbursed directly to the college. Form 1098-T is used for two purposes: To verify tuition expenses for taxpayers claiming the AOTC or LLC….

Want to make big $$ this summer?

The Census is hiring and in the current low-unemployment job market, the Census Bureau has increased wages in the hopes of attracting enough workers. Census takers will make a minimum of $15.50 per hour depending on location. In urban areas pay rates are as high as $25-$30 per hour. The majority of census work is done in the late spring…

What Did We Learn in College?

Fall term is in the books and we’ve learned quite a bit about college! Having the kids home for the holidays meant not just lots of fun family time but also an opportunity to catch up with their friends and hear about their college experiences. Now that they’re back in school, I’ve had a chance to digest some of the…

What Year? (2020 Edition)

It’s hard keeping track of what matters when in the prior-prior year world of the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Here is a table summarizing tax year and asset dates for the next few college years: School Year 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026 2026-2027 FAFSA/ PROFILE Income Tax Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Assets As Of Oct*…