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Testing - ACT/SAT/End of Course Exams What Would You Do, If You Knew You Couldnt Fail? October 13, 2012.

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1 Testing - ACT/SAT/End of Course Exams What Would You Do, If You Knew You Couldnt Fail? October 13, 2012

2 EP21 Monthly Features 10 Things Follow Up (You Tube) (6 min) Websites of the month: (9 min) scholarship-search-engines/ scholarship-search-engines/ scholarships/success-stories/ (if they can do it…) scholarships/success-stories/ Gates Millenium Video w/our teens in it! (5 min) article&id=2465:convocation2012videos&catid=35:video-library article&id=2465:convocation2012videos&catid=35:video-library

3 EP21 Monthly Features (cont.) Scholarships of the Month (15 min) – degree in many areas! USDA – Mardi Gras mentality! San Antonio Livestock Exposition (I am your lawyer…:-) Article of the month (7 min) Racial breakdown of scholarships (Texas Lawsuit) receive-more-college-scholarships receive-more-college-scholarships Rumor: Bill Gates only cares for minorities??? Xerox (5 min) scholarships.aspx scholarships.aspx scholarships/xerox-technical-minority-scholarship.html Scholarship scholarships/xerox-technical-minority-scholarship.html Scholarship Search E-Book Tip of the Month (5 min) Magic Words: Audience Request (7 min)

4 USDA hip_programs.xml&contentidonly=true hip_programs.xml&contentidonly=true dent/?&cid=nrcsdev11_ dent/?&cid=nrcsdev11_ San Antonio Livestock Exposition scholarship (Rodeo story – Im your lawyer! ) SAT/ACT (15 min) EP21 Website Sources

5 Attend College For Free (5 min) Google Search (Free College Tuition Texas) (3 min) information/CollegesOffering_FREE_Tuition_and_Fees_UPDATED_Sept_ pdf information/CollegesOffering_FREE_Tuition_and_Fees_UPDATED_Sept_ pdf EP21 Timeline (+ online site) Review (6 min) news/ # news/ # EP21 Website Sources

6 10 Things You Gotta Know about Paying for College EP 21 The Process The Long Plan Strategy The Short Plan Strategy The Free Money The Loans The State System The Other Aid The Offer The Long Haul The Secrets By Brandon Rogers Sep Workshop

7 The Process 1000s competing for same $ Need – difference between COA and EFC EFC Calculation Tables Need-based vs Non-Need-based Aid Financial Aid Limits Resume & Cover Letter

8 The Process Diff methods used to calculate your EFC Demystifying FAFSA As of Today 35% vs 6% (% of assets used in FAFSA formula) # of Students in School Deadlines are single biggest reason $ is limited/lost The Profile (more detailed than FAFSA) 1040A or 1040EZ vs the 1040 Long

9 The Long Plan Strategy 3 Years & Out (Do things that need to be done) Most scholarships won years out - not during Sr. year Why invest? Why plant? Why study? Why prepare? More kids in school decreases EFC Retirement – too many parents not ready > $60,000 (probably no Pell for 96%) Back to the Future? 529 Plan: College Savings Plan vs Prepaid Tuition Coverdell (Pros & Cons) Buying a home & home equity

10 The Short Plan Strategy Minimize income/assets the year before starting college Postpone bonus until January after base year < $50K (simplified need test ignores assets, such as assets, cash and savings on hand…only for public schools) Hope Credit and Lifelong Learning Credit ($1500 & $2000) (See IRS Form 8863 or Income Brackets (Parent vs Teen) – IRS vs Dept of Educ Opposite: Teen income is assessed more harshly (Parents should never put assets in the teens name during the base year) 10 Ways to Reduce Year Income

11 The Short Plan Strategy Income protection Student vs Parents 22% < Max rate for parents < 47% (Protected up to $29,000) Student protection stops at $2,380 (50% rate above that) Better off not working during base year if income < $2,380??? Income Penalty Exceptions Work Study (say yes!) AmeriCorps Asset Allowance Parents $ $40K taxed at 12% Students contribution is 35% of total assets ($ increases as Senior) Spend your assets (things you need) before completing FAFSA

12 The Short Plan Strategy Asset Allowance (cont.) Gift Postponements until Senior year or given to parents Liabilities not counted like assets against EFC (pay down consumer debt w/check from grandma) Dependency vs Independency…not easy Residency (cheaper in state); EFC can be lowered if out of state school is selected – but tuition is higher (choices) Can move to states and work 1-yr for residency (varies) Panic Plan (2 yr)

13 The Free Money Pell has NO deadline (Govt) SEOG - good BUT NOT guaranteed (Campus-based) State Grants are out there…but you have to go get it! Scholarships (All Types) –… Service Awards & Fellowships Hidden Free $ Tuition Waivers Housing Allowances Loan Forgiveness Taxation

14 The Loans (10 Types) Perkins Loan Subsidized Stafford Loan Unsubsidized Stafford Loan PLUS Loan Alternative (or Private) Loan Consolidated Loans Emergency Loans Forgivable Loans Home Equity Loans State Program Loans

15 The State System Apply Early Out of State is Expensive Residency & Tuition Reciprocity Other State Assistance (i.e., Tuition Rebate for Texas)

16 The Other Aid Work Study Coop Waivers From Fee to Free (i.e., application, housing, etc.) Internships City Year CLEP

17 The Offer (ways to get more) Beat the Deadlines Choose Help Wisely Ace the Forms Check the Student Aid Report for Accuracy Appeal (Professional Judgement) Understand the Letter(s) Know the Ratio (scholarship vs loans) Negotiate Shop Around Choose School

18 The Long Haul FAFSA has to be done annually Extra Money Cut Big Cost (Buy 3/1 Free; Alumni benefit) Cut Small Cost (Credit Cards; Phones, etc.) Keep Up w/School Work Keep Looking for $ Expand your Horizon (Study Abroad, Spring Break, etc.) Get your Game on Annually

19 The Secrets Get started in college early (AP, Summer classes, 2+2) Combine Undergrad and Grad School (buy 4, get 1 free) 10 good lending institutions (free info) Summer Secrets (i.e. U of H, Prairie View Summer pgms) Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

20 Destiny Watch your thoughts, they become your words Watch your words, they become actions Watch your actions, they become habits Watch your habits, they become your character Watch your character, for it determines your destiny

21 EFC Calculation Tables One inCollege Family Size543 Income $20, $40,000$1,200$2,000$3,000 $60,000$6,100$7,800$9,700 $80,000$14,400$16,000$18,000 $100,000$23,200$25,000$27,000

22 EFC Calculation Tables Two inCollege Family Size543 Income $20, $40,000$800$1,200$1,700 $60,000$3,500$4,400$5,400 $80,000$7,700$8,600$9,600 $100,000$12,000$13,000$14,000

23 Financial Aid Annual Limits Pell Grant: $4,050 SEOG: $4,000 Perkins Loan: $4,000 PLUS Loan: Up to COA, minus other aid Work-Study: Usually a maximum of 20 hours/week Stafford Loans: Fr Yr: $2,625 So Yr: $3,500 Jr/Sr Yr: $5,500 Additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Fr/So Yr: $4,000 Jr/Sr Yr: $5,000

24 Postpone a year-end bonus to the next year Take an unpaid leave of absence Maximize contributions to retirement plans Try to have overtime payments deferred to the next year Dont earn more than $2,380 if youre a student Delay accepting large cash gifts (Senior Year) Accelerate income, if possible, to the year before base yr Sell off losing investments Dont sell off real estate or stocks during the base year Pay down consumer debt 10 Ways to Reduce Year Income



27 AmeriCorp

28 10 Things About 529

29 10 Good Things About 529

30 10 Bad Things About 529

31 10 Things About the Coverdell ESA

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