IRS Data Retrieval Tool

About now, you may be getting requests from your schools for you to update your FAFSA  using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT).  They will ask you to log in to your 2013-14 FAFSA, go to the Financial Section and link directly to the IRS using your PIN.  This link should work as long […]

Attention: Accountants and Financial Planners

We all understand that our clients have different needs at varied stages of life.  Here are a few issues with which you need to be familiar in helping your clients plan for college:   Don’t automatically use a Form 1040 if the family is eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ.  Using the simplified tax […]

Divorce and College Financial Aid

Naturally, at least half of the families I work with are divorced and I find that this is where people tend to make the most mistakes. These are very costly and easily avoidable mistakes that can be extremely difficult to correct. There are two forms that need to be filled out when applying for financial […]

Show Me The Money

Summer is speeding by and the time for our incoming high school seniors to make their list of potential colleges is quickly approaching.  Many students choose colleges randomly or based on where their friends are looking.  I am constantly telling parents to choose colleges strategically…especially if you are seeking financial aid.  No one wants cost […]