6 Other College Costs

6 other college costs (and opportunities) to consider when the financial aid letter arrives

6 other college costs to consider(BPT) – The last year of high school is a whirl of activity, and it’s no different when it comes to the final leg of college selection. Once the acceptance notifications arrive, it will soon be time to sit down with a different stack of mail: financial aid letters and other college costs to consider.

As you undoubtedly know, the cost of college is no small investment. In the 2017-18 academic year, the average tuition and fees for four-year public colleges is $25,620, while for private colleges, the costs are $33,520, and public two-year colleges cost $3,570, according to the College Board.

At the same time, the College Board reports that more than 70 percent of students receive grants to help pay for college. Hopefully, those financial letters contain some good news.

For most families, analyzing the letters is a process of uncovering the college that can offer the best education at the best value for your student. One way to get there is to parse the details of the letter itself so you understand the net cost of your student’s education. Still, it’s critical View full post…

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Do I Have a Tax Free Scholarship?

Do I have to Pay Taxes on My Scholarship or Fellowship? Maybe.

Do I have a tax free scholarship?Have you ever heard the expression “There is no such a thing as a free lunch?” When it comes to fellowships, grants and other free money from a college, you may not have a tax free scholarship.

Financial aid that you receive for higher education expenses, even when the college says its free, doesn’t mean that it is. Depending upon how the money is used, you could end up owing the IRS big bucks.

Various types of financial assistance, such as fellowship grants, scholarships, and teaching assistantships, are very important to families. Often times, it may determine if your child will be able to attend the college of his/her choice.

College tuition and other associated expenses have been rising for years. Currently, the average fees and tuition for a full-time student attending a public college in state is 25,290.00. The average for a private college is 50,900.00.

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Is Your Federal Pell Grant Tax Free?

3 Ways My Scholarship or Federal Pell Grant is Tax Free

Apply for the federal pell grantIf you’re entering college and have just been awarded a scholarship or perhaps a federal Pell grant, congratulations are in order. This will certainly help to defray the high cost of college and its great news. However, you need to find out if any part of it is classified as income. If so, it must be reported on your tax return. There are various criteria that will tell you if the federal Pell grant or scholarship is taxable income.

When is a federal Pell Grant or a scholarship tax free?

    • You are registered as a full time or a part time student pursuing a degree at an accredited primary or secondary or a post-secondary institution.

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