College Funding and Student Loan Advisor Certification Program

College Affordability LLC, the owner of EFC PLUS software, is pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive college funding and student loan advisor certification program.  As college affordability and student debt has become a growing concern for more families, financial advisors need more information to solve this problem. According to a recent FINRA study,…

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The Great Disconnect: How College Presidents and Students View the College Degree

Financial Aid Award letters are slowly trickling in for college bound students and now is the time to make some hard decisions concerning college choice.  Our goal has always been to make students and parents aware of the long term cost of their college decisions.  This week, I read an interesting article by Ames Brown…

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Compare Award Letter With Online Tools

Finding the easiest and quickest way to understand the financial aid award letter is paramount to college bound students and families.  Award letters come in different formats, so having a guide to differentiate gift-aid (free money) versus self-help financial aid (loans and work study) can be helpful.  To assist families in their analysis, we have…

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Educational Tax Credits and the IRS Form 1098-T

As many of us are gathering our information to file our taxes, an important document should be coming from the educational institution your child is attending.  This tax document is called the 1098 –T or Tuition Statement.  It is the form that the colleges or educational institutions submit to the federal government and sent to…

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