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Sunday, October 17, 2004
 
Paying for it
The majority of college students receive financial aid. Read on for advice and resources.

Find your way through the money maze
Last year, $105 billion in scholarships, grants and loans was distributed among college students to help cover costs. Also:
  · The average cost of college
  · How to apply for financial aid
  · How the financial pie slices

How to compare financial-aid offers
There are lots of ways a school can present an offer; we'll arm you to figure out which is the best deal.

Getting money for college: Ways to save it, raise it
From 529 plans to home equity, here are ways to help you dodge college debt. We also define a dozen sources for federal aid.

Picking the right college-savings plan isn't easy
Experts say it's great news that more families are taking advantage of 529s. But there also is concern that some families are getting lost in the many choices and picking bad investments.
Morningstar rates 529 plans: Five with stellar investment options

College funding is subject to unfair rules, expensive fees
When parents try to save for college expenses, they often go through a financial hazing.

Five families make it happen
How local families plan to pay, or already are paying, for college.

Yes, you should save for college
It's still a good idea, despite what you may have heard.

Find a scholarship that fits
Tips and search sites for scoring scholarships, even if you don't have a 4.0. Also:
  · Three good search sites
  · Best-bet scholarships

Figuring out tax breaks requires homework
One thing the tax forms make clear: Being able to take best advantage of the system is a long-term enterprise.

   SELECTED RESOURCES

SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
www.finaid.org
One-stop shop, with personalized help.

Pacific Northwest Scholarship guide
www.collegeplan.org

Tuition calculator
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How much do you need to save?

Washington's financial-aid programs
www.hecb.wa.gov/ paying/index.asp
A directory by the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

State savings plans
www.nasfaa.org/
User-friendly summary by National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

College Savings Plans Network
www.collegesavings.org
The skinny on state-sponsored plans throughout the U.S.

Local financial planners
www.niccp.com

All resources



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