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How You Can Maximize Student Aid: Strategies for the FAFSA and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) To Increase Financial Aid for College [Paperback]

Tracy Foote
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February 1, 2011 0981473741 978-0981473741 First
Updated and Revised in 2014. How You Can Maximize Student Aid includes 2013 tax forms and 2014-2015 EFC rules. Each area contains footnote references so you can easily answer any further questions or locate the updated income cut-offs for the 2014-2015 FAFSA application. 

The core concepts to qualify for federal student aid and education tax benefits remain the same from year to year.  This book contains explanations for: all the components that determine federal student aid, the better places to save, and what you should think about come tax time. The goal is to help you maximize aid while keeping your assets accessible; growing with tax benefits. An in-depth understanding of the Expected Family Contribution will help families and students strategize prior to completing the FAFSA.

A mistake on the FAFSA can result in loss of several thousands of dollars in aid. This valuable reference guide will provide you with new ideas and help you prioritize, whether you are saving for a newborn or if college is looming just around the corner.

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From the Author

Inside this Quick Reference Guide You Will Find:
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Quick overview
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC): Detailed formula explanation
  • Ideas for All Income Levels: Take advantage of formula rules
  • Tax-free and Tax-deferred Places to Save: Explore investing options
  • Education Accounts: Choose the right one and who should own it
  • Life Insurance: Discover all the flexible uses
  • Single or Divorced Parent: Learn valuable strategies just for you
  • College Offers: Distinguish between free money and award of debt
  • Tax Benefits for Education Expenses: Make smart choices

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Tracy Foote's also written The Kid's Roth IRA Handbook to further help parents shield money from the FAFSA formula, and also, YouTube Seo Ranking Checklists: Targeted Traffic Using Online Video Marketing to help entrepreneurs begin marketing on YouTube.

Tracy Foote consults with leading advisors on investing, business strategies, life insurance, and student eligibility for federal aid. Her book provides an introduction to the financial aid process, giving parents extensive information and sound advice. Whether parents are saving for a newborn or college is looming around the corner, they can identify areas to save thousands of dollars.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: TracyTrends; First edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981473741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981473741
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tracy Foote, the mother of three children, creates and writes informational books to inspire discussions. She graduated from the NY Bronx High School of Science, attended the United States Air Force Academy, and served overseas in Germany in Accounting and Finance before becoming an author and photographer.

She consults with leading advisors on investing, life insurance, internet marketing, YouTube, video marketing, and student eligibility for federal aid as well as pursuing her passion for Latin America travel. Her best selling books encourage kid entrepreneurs (The Kid's Roth IRA Handbook), provide strategies to pay for college (How You Can Maximize Student Aid) and teach targeted traffic using online video marketing (YouTube SEO Ranking Checklists). She promotes financial literacy to allow families to follow their dreams and travel the world.

Two of Tracy Foote's popular blogs are found at: and, and she runs three YouTube channels.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful to navigate through the FAFSA process! June 15, 2011
This book is a great reference to answer that question "how to pay for college". It helps navigate and understand the frustrating but now unfortunately required FAFSA process and other financial savings and aid possibilities. The author discusses why the system works as it does and what financial options work best for families in their individual situations. When I brought the book to a college planning night at school, other parents were interested in getting the book.

While the bulk of this book gives clear examples in a straight forward manner, I was laughing uproariously as I read the preface - clearly the author has been through the college application/reality moment of the cost with her daughter. I've experienced this and seen other parents struggle with this issue as well. The author helps parents be the grounding force that encourages students to spread their wings for their college dreams, but still find the options that avoid family debt. My sophomore grade son even enjoyed reading a bit of it as he'd seen our family go through a similar scholarship application parent/student disconnect that the author mentions in the preface. Fortunately, placing emphasis on such applications helped our oldest son garner a scholarship that is significantly helping with his tuition.

I wish I'd gotten this book sooner as I was struggling through the FAFSA/scholarship/savings process. The book is a hit for those doing the planning and filling out those college forms.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative USEFUL book June 11, 2011
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No-nonsense book to help parents understand what information to include when filling out financial aid forms for college. Most helpful book I have read so far.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real winner! January 18, 2012
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Bought this in conjunction with a couple of other books since our library doesn't have much. Wow what a wealth of information I have been missing. I couldn't believe how much I didn't know. Thank you for carrying such great information Amazon. I need all the help I can get to make the money stretch. There isn't too much to go around these days.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy November 17, 2011
It was a good buy and can help to educate people on how financial aid is calculated. I had done some prior free research on the web and this book didn't offer a whole lot of new ideas compared to that. A nice read especially if you do not have time to scour the web and want to find all of your info in one place.
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