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Student Savings Plans

FrankMP Wrote: Oct 18, 2012 10:10 AM
If higher education institutions accept federal money, federal student loans etc. pass regulations to have professors work more than a few hours a week. if they put in a commoners 40 + hour work week, more students could avail themselves of an education without strapping themselves for years with paybacks.

Dear Carrie: I've always encouraged my daughter to work to contribute to her college costs and she's managed to save quite a bit. Now I'm told that her savings may actually work against her in terms of financial aid. Why is this? Is there anything we can do? --A Reader

Dear Reader: I think it's great that your daughter is saving for college. To me, having kids contribute to college costs has a double benefit: It not only instills good savings habits, it also gives students a personal stake in their education.

However, when it comes to qualifying for...