Your daughter’s 15 or older, and she’s earning and saving her own money. Whooo hoo! But wait—just a minute. Could the money she’s saving in her own name end up sabotaging future college financial aid awards?
Learn the sobering answer here—along with 5 safe, legal ways your kids can keep their own money under their own control during the college years.
1. Why it’s important to think carefully about student earnings after December 31st of the 10th grade year
2. Why January 1st of the sophomore year of college is liberation day, the day no parent or student financial decisions can hurt undergraduate financial aid ever again
3. Why putting the cash your family hopes to save for college into a grandparent-owned 529 college savings plan can be a brilliant idea
4. Which kinds of student income will never hurt college financial aid awards
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Links and resources mentioned in this episode:
Jeannie Burlowski’s article Urgent Info For Parents of 9th Graders
Why grandparent-owned 529 college savings plans are a brilliant idea (This article includes a free downloadable info sheet that explains the idea to Grandma.)
Learn about co-op college programs on pages 161-165 of LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward
The income cut-off mentioned in this podcast episode is $6,570.00 per calendar year after taxes, which is (approximately) $7,162.00 per calendar year before federal, FICA, and state taxes are taken out.
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Remember, maximizing financial aid is only a small part of the picture when it comes to getting your kids through college debt-free.
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Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1–3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.
And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.
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What is the Launch Your Teens podcast?
At Launch Your Teens, parents of kids ages 12–26 learn how to set their kids up to graduate college completely debt-free, ready to jump directly into careers they excel at and love—even if they don’t get a single scholarship. If you’re new to Launch Your Teens, be sure to listen to all of episode 1 as soon as you can. It’s just 23 minutes long, and it gives you all the most important foundation you need for this journey.
Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, author, speaker, and podcast host. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.
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