www.mint.com is a free site to help you manage your money.
studentaid.gov This is your one-stop-shop for everything related to the Direct Loan Program and federal student loans.
FAFSA4caster allows you to get an early start on the financial aid process and receive an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid. When you’re ready to apply for aid, much of the information that you enter in the FAFSA4caster will populate your FAFSA on the Web application, making the experience of applying for federal student aid a lot easier. You can find FAFSA4caster by visiting studentaid.gov, and clicking on the appropriate box under "Thinking About College?"
IRS - Internal Revenue Service - IRS.gov
Federal Tax Benefits
There are federal tax credits available for parents (and students) who are saving (or paying) for college. For more information about federal tax benefits, visit IRS Videos, a series of short videos via YouTube. Expenses for course materials may now also qualify you for a tax credit visit American Opportunity Tax Credit for more information
General Tax Questions
The IRS website provides answers to general questions, such as, "Do I need to file a federal tax return?" or "What is my tax filing status?"
You can use the Interactive Tax Assistant available on the IRS website to determine:
- Do I Need to File a Tax Return?
- Who Can I Claim as a Dependent?
- What Is My Filing Status?
- Am I Eligible to Claim an Education Credit?
- Do I Include My Scholarship, Fellowship, or Education Grant as Income on My Tax Return?
- Is My Tip Income Taxable?
Useful IRS Publications
Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax
This publication covers the general rules for filing a federal income tax return. It supplements the information contained in your tax form instruction booklet. It explains the tax law to make sure you pay only the tax you owe and no more.
Publication 970 -Tax Benefits for Education
Other Useful Websites
Federal Student Aid The U.S. Department of Education provides free information on applying for federal financial aid, information on the federal financial aid programs, loan repayment and many useful publications in English and Spanish.
LMU Parent Pride Parent Pride is LMU's online community for parents of first-year students. On Parent Pride, parents can find resources, share advice and make friends with other LMU parents.
WebGrants for students Find answers to questions such as; What is the status of my Cal Grant Application? I received a Cal Grant, but I have decided to attend a different school than when I applied, what do I do?
NASFAA - National Association of Financial Aid Administrators NASFAA provides information regarding applying for financial aid, federal tax benefits for parents and students, understanding credit as well as other useful information for financial aid applicants and recipients.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) NSLDS is the U.S. Department of Education’s central database for student aid. Access a summary of the federal student grants and loans that you have received.
Selective Service Find answers to questions such as; Do I need to register for selective service? How can I register for selective service?
Veterans Benefits and Programs
Veterans Affairs Information on educational benefits for veterans or their dependents.
Troops to Teachers For information on special assistance for veterans interested in teaching in California.
Department of Veteran's Affairs - GI Bill Website For information on eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that are payable for training and enrollment on or after August 1, 2009.
GI Bill Comparison Tool To calculate your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
Military Student Loan Benefits For Members of the Student Armed Forces - What you need to know about your federal student loan benefits.
Aid for Military families For information from the U.S. Department of Education for veterans, future military personnel, active-duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active-duty personnel.
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