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Take Advantage of Tax Benefits for Higher Education

It’s that time of the year again, when college students prepare for finals, and high school seniors make a few last edits on their college essays. But there’s another important lesson students shouldn’t overlook: learning how to best take advantage of higher education tax benefits available from Uncle Sam.

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National Student-Debt Refusal Campaign

Our office would recommend that you NOT participate in a National Student-Debt Refusal campaign. Hopefully the idea alone will get the attention of lawmakers, but participating can only do serious damage to your credit rating.  See more at:

chronicle.com

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Recent changes to the federal student loan program.

I know many of you are getting confusing information concerning the recent changes enacted by President Obama.  Below is a link to the clearest information that we have found.  We will continue to monitor these changes and update you as warranted.

Clearing Up Some Confusion About the New Federal Student Loan Rules

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Grace period coming to an end?

Informative article for 2011 graduates.

US News and World Report - Student Loan Ranger

 

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Bad news for graduate student loan borrowers

Budget Control Act of 2011 - All have an effective date of July 1, 2012

1. Elimination of the Subsidized Direct Loan for graduate students.
2. Elimination of the 1/2% upfront rebate.
3. Elimination of 1/4% interest rate reduction for auto debit in repayment.

We will be sending out a mass email with further details. But the main item - No more Subsidized Direct Loans for graduate students starting July 2012.

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More info for recent Grads.

5 Ways to Ease Student Loan Payments

 

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Scholarship Opportunity

Eastern Star - the women's association of the Masons - is giving out
scholarships to women - to apply they must contact Arlene Glander at
arlene.glander.star@gmail.com -- the interview date for the
scholarship will be Sept 16th - there is a lengthy form to fill out
before the interview date.  Scholarships range in the neighborhood of
$1,000 and will be give for the Sept 2012 school year.

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For Soon to be and recent grads .....................

Income Based Repayment - new repayment option for your student loans:

Student Loans: Making Them More Affordable

- CBS MoneyWatch.com

And

Top 5 Tips to Take Charge of Your Student Loans

-ABCNEWS/Money

 

 

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Student Credit Card Use Could Cause Problems Later

Informative article on the use of credit cards.

US News and World Report Student Loan Ranger

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Trust in the Lord Scholarship - New Opportunity

The Trust in the Lord scholarship was created in 2011 in
memory of Carol Stiles. Carol was a woman of deep faith
who raised her four boys in the faith and led her life in a
way that touched many lives with the love of Jesus. In the
fall of 2010, Carol passed away after a thirteen-year
struggle with breast cancer. She always kept the faith and
believed that “even though I may have cancer, cancer
doesn’t have me!”


Carol’s faith demonstrated how strongly she trusted in the
Lord and

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