Helpful Resources

Budgeting is a free site to help you manage your money. - This is your one-stop-shop for everything related to the Direct Loan Program and federal student loans.


IRS - Internal Revenue Service -

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:

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.

Selective Service - Find answers to questions such as: Do I need to register for selective service? How can I register for selective service?

Savings for College - learn about different way to prepare to save for college

Social Security Administration - information about Social Security Numbers and other services provided by the Social Security Administration

Tax Benefits for Paying College Expenses - learn if you qualify for tax benefits based on your education expenses paid

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.

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.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at


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