Top 3 Insider Strategies to Maximize Financial Aid Awards

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Top 3 Insider Strategies to Maximize Financial Aid Awards
By CollegePlanningExperts.com

Listen very carefully. I’m about to reveal to you the same strategies I charge my clients up to $10,000 for in order to qualify for massive amounts of financial aid regardless of their income, assets or your students GPA or SAT scores.Financial aid awards are based on a a little known federal formula that most financial aid directors and college executives understand but that most families have absolutely no clue about.

This formula is used by the colleges to determine exactly how many scholarships, grants and loans your student will qualify for before they even look at your student.

Here’s the formula:

Cost of the College aid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) =

Need for Financial Aid

The keys to maximizing financial aid the same keys the colleges and financial aid offices dont want you to ever know revolves around minimizing your expected family contribution (EFC) and increasing your need. Once you have a need, you are guaranteed additional financial aid.

The top 6 factors affecting your EFC are:

1) Parents Income (20% of your income goes to your EFC)

2) Parent’s Assets (10% of your assets goes to your EFC)

3) Student’s Income (50% of your student incomes goes to your EFC)

4) Student’s Assets (50% of your student assets goes to your EFC)

5) Number of Students in College

6) Number of members living in the house hold.

Insider Strategy #1- Shelter your home equity from the financial aid system

On the federal financial aid form (FAFSA) you do not have to include your home equity in the definition of personal net worth. As a result, make sure you exclude your home equity so your EFC does not get unfairly bumped up. Also, for the all private schools make sure you use the Federal Housing Index Multiplier in order to get your home equity calculated based on a national average, not based on your local real estate prices which could be unfairly high.Most of the families I work with at my workshops will either list their home equity when they don’t legally have to or don’t know how to reduce the equity amounts listed on the private college financial aid forms. This directly translates into a super high out of pocket cost for the family.

Insider Strategy #2- Don’t save money under the student’s name

Many of the families I speak with at my workshops have significant amount of the money save for their children under a 529 or another similar college savings account. This is a horrific mistake when you understand how the financial aid system really operates. Assets under the students name are assessed 50 cents on the dollar and as a result will translate into a higher cost for the family when listed on the financial aid forms.For many families, 10-15 years of diligent saving for college could be destroyed by losing out on the ability to qualify for the financial aid they deserve because of their savings. Dont
let this mistake happen to you and make sure you put all your savings under the parents name so that you qualify for additional financial aid and you also still have your savings to help fund for the cost.

Insider Strategy #3- Significant assets, savings, rental properties can all be sheltered from the financial aid system.

One of the top reasons why any family can qualify for financial aid is because any form of asset can be sheltered from the financial aid system as long as you know what you’re doing. For example, if you have 4 rental properties which collectively have over 1 million dollars of equity you can open up a Limited Liability Corporation and shelter all the home equity under the new business. This is because as long as you have less than 100 employees within the business, the business net worth (equity) can be listed as zero on the financial aid forms. This strategy could qualify for you for massive amounts of financial aid without having to tap into your retirement or change your current lifestyle.

Sincerly,
Brian Safdari
CollegePlanningExperts.com

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3 Million Foreclosures Forecast THIS YEAR

William Henderson – Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Posted on February 1, 2010 by livinglies

Editor’s Note: Reality has a nasty way of getting in the way of solutions, especially when the solutions are theoretical, and even worse when the theories are wrong. These are the wrong assumptions:

  1. The Worst is over. In fact, we have the probability of at least 7 million MORE homes that will be foreclosed, causing massive dislocation from available housing to unavailable housing. The additional pressure on housing prices will be relentless.
  2. Modifications by Servicers: You might as well ask the robber of a convenience store to negotiate the restitution. The intermediaries have nothing to gain and everything to lose by modifications.
  3. The Financial Crisis is Over: In fact, we have a whole new wave of bad news coming. Finance is trust. There is no trust without truth. The truth is that the paper, the houses and the policies are all based upon false values and the marketplace knows it. Owning up to the truth will be painful for some and windfall for others — but it is the only path of restoring confidence in our institutions. With confidence we can again build trust. With trust, our financial system can recover. There is no current scenario in play that is likely to restore trust. Hence, there is no reason to believe that our crisis is over or that it won’t get worse.
  4. The current recovery model is working: Take a look next door at Canada. No crisis, no crash, no currency devaluation, no problem. Why? Because their policies are focused on protection of the consumer instead of advancement of big business. Their banks are all too big to fail (see Krugman today in New York times) but they didn’t fail because they operated in an environment that mandated acting in a “boring” manner. It is obvious that 80% of American citizens understand all this, why don’t our leaders?
  5. Millions, perhaps tens of millions of homeowners owe more than their houses are worth: In fact, those obligations have been dispersed into cyberspace and a  fair reckoning must (a) face the reality of real fair market values and (b) spreading the losses out amongst all the players. Instead our policies are aimed at preserving the appearance of transfer of wealth to a select few on Wall Street — parties who don’t own, never owned and never will own the “troubled assets” for which they received “bailout” money. The money that was taken out of the securitization chain without the knowledge or consent of the investors and the homeowners is a third party payment of the original obligation. The truth is that if normal legal and accounting principles are followed, those people have substantial equity in their homes but they are being convinced everyday that they don’t.
  6. The Crisis was Caused by Bad Decisions: In fact, the crisis was caused by deliberate decisions that worked perfectly for those who made them. The plan was to create loans that were too bad to succeed. The plan worked and the money flowed to Wall Street which in turn admits to having the best year ever, and which is hiding the rest of its profits with perfect confidence that they can report higher and higher earnings for years to come as they repatriate dollars they secreted off shore in unreported financial transactions.
  7. What is Good for Wall Street is Good for the Country: In fact, this is no more true than when it was said about General Motors. A strong financial center is important — but not a financial center that becomes 40% of our economy. This is nothing more than a parlor trick of moving paper back and forth between the players and claiming a profit. The truth, as ANY economist will tell you is that what is good for the middle class is good for the country. Any other policy leads to social chaos and financial ruin.
  8. Eventually, this will all even out and everything will go back to normal: Sorry. In fact as long as the government is regulated by big business instead of the other way around, no correction is possible and the country continues down the path to ruin. Picture a basketball game where the players were able to tell the referees how they may rule and what they should look at. No, this cannot fix itself without the people breaking the power grip of big banks and big business. There is currently no scenario in play that points in this direction. So it is wrong to think that it will all work out in the end as things now stand.
  9. The Crisis Caused a Deficit in Government Finance: Actually, no, it didn’t. Just as the homeowners actually have equity in their homes, the government is owed more in taxes, fees, fines and penalties than all the deficits —Federal and State — put together. But they won’t collect those taxes from their bosses — Wall Street big business.