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How do you help your child through college during this recession?  As if our savings and home equity was hard enough to build, it is all but gone today.  If so, how else can you help you children find money for college? Apply for financial aid? Where are you in your college planning?  Is it possible to still get money for college?


What are the first steps to finding money for college? The recession has forced us to look under more rocks and knock on more doors.  On Money-Myth Buster Monday, we begin a journey this week learning from mistakes of families planning for college. Geanine Thompson, MBA and known as “The College Guru” shares what is required for today’s selective college admissions process, insights on when to implement the various requirements and what to do to increase your chances of getting into the school of your dreams.


What types of financial aid are available our there? What do you need to do if you need money for college?  How do you get scholarships? How do you deal with the financial planning process of college?  Do colleges really want to help you?  In the Expert’s Corner, get direct answers from Earl Dowling, Director of Scholarships and Financial Services at Harper College in Palatine, IL.  Hear from the horse’s mouth themselves on what you CAN do regardless of what you hear in the media – colleges DO want to help you!


What are some college planning strategies you can use to get more money from the colleges themselves?  Is the way you currently handling your personal finances actually disqualifying you from money that was otherwise yours?  How does college 529 plans, annuities, Roth IRAs affect your FASFA application?  Would you like to save $5-10,000 per year just by filing your application correctly and on-time?  Mitch Reiner, investment advisor as well as the COO and CIO for Capital Investment Advisors shares how he has helped families deal with the rising costs of college education.


You’ve been told that college 529 are the best investment for college planning and savings.  But how do you know?  What are countable and non-countable assets in the calculation for your EFC (Expected Financial Contribution)?  How do you know you are filling out your FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) correctly? On Transition Thursdays, on the Expert’s Corner, we have a special treat. Matthew Sapaula interviews his friend, Certified Financial Planner, Tim Higgins. He has authored Paying for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement and a leading authority on helping families in college planning. Tim is also a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), Certified College Planning Specialist (CCPS), and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) and has appeared in Smart Money Magazine, Money Magazine, The Associated Press (AP), Investment News, The Chronicle for Higher Education, and on The Lou Dobbs Show, MSN Money, NECN, and WBZ-TV in Boston.


It is a given, that today’s college graduate will most likely have 7-8 jobs over their lifetime.  There is no corporate loyalty.  College students today are most likely studying for a job that isn’t even created yet, thanks to the speed of technology changing in-demand jobs. How do we raise a generation of entrepreneurial-minded college graduates?During Financial Freedom Friday, Edward M. Gardner CPA & CFP visits Money Smart Radio and gives his perspective on helping families .  Ed is a past Accountant Advocate of the Year to the SBA and awarded the VITA award from the IRS for his Small Business Workshop. He is author of ” How to Start your Financial Future – You’ve Got to Have the Why Before the How”.

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