Education Tax Credits

Tax time is as good a time as any to discuss education tax credits. The federal tax code provides two primary tax credits, the American Opportunity tax credit (formerly the Hope Scholarship) and the Lifetime Learning Credit. There are slight differences in each, and depending on a family’s circumstances, one or the other may be more beneficial. You can claim…

The “E” in EFC

So you’ve calculated your EFC and are breathing a sigh of relief, telling yourself, “We can do this.” Hold on a second. “E” is “Expected,” not “maximum” or “guaranteed” or anything like that. There is no requirement that your school of choice meets your financial need, or if it does, that loans aren’t part of the aid package. That’s why…

Lucky You: Grandparents Want to Help

If you are among those fortunate individuals whose parents want to help pay for their grandchild’s education, it’s worth figuring out the best way for them to do so in order to avoid the law of unintended consequences. In the college world, unintended consequences include losing financial aid as a result of a grandparent’s gift. First, you need to know…