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More People Eligible for Pell Grants than Expected

By Reyna Gobel
Contributor to Forbes

For the majority of Americans who don’t think they qualify for Federal Pell Grants, the federal grant known for helping low-income students, it’s easy for them to think that financial aid beyond student loans won’t happen for them. Thus, they may skip filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) out of fear it’s just a fast track to student loans. Continue Reading

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If You're a Student, You May Be Eligible for a $2,500 Tax Credit

By Troy Onink
Contributor to Forbes

Taxpayers who paid qualified college tuition and fee expenses in 2014 may be able to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) worth up to $2,500 per eligible child. Despite repeated calls for simplifying education tax incentives, frequent legislation submitted in Congress and ongoing confusion between taxpayers and the IRS about how and when to claim the various education tax credits, no one has succeeded in simplifying the mess, yet. The good news? The credit is available through 2017. That means $10,000 of tax savings per child in the next four years. Following are the rules to claim the credit properly, with links to the forms and instructions.

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How to Get the Most from the PELL Grant if You Were Deployed

by Debra Wales, M. Ed & Counseling
Education Coordinator, Ft. Benning, GA - American Public University System

You may be eligible for PELL if you were deployed last year: How to get the most of PELL dollars for your undergraduate education. In addition to using Tuition Assistance (TA) or your GI Bill to fund your education, you have the option of using a PELL Grant.  What is a PELL Grant?  A Federal Grant usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree and unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid.  The grant money given to you is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

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How to Optimize Your PELL Grant for School

By Debra Wales
Military Outreach Education Coordinator, American Public University System

In addition to using Tuition Assistance (TA) or your GI Bill to fund your education, you have the option of using a PELL Grant. What is a PELL Grant? It’s a Federal Grant usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree and unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid. The grant money given to you is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

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