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Coolidge on college: Nancy Coolidge on financial aid, beginning this week

If you have questions about paying for your or your child’s college education, check out these two upcoming brown bags with Associate Director of Student Financial Support Nancy Coolidge:

How to apply for financial aid
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 12 to 1 p.m., 10325 Franklin
This session will cover how to apply for financial aid and why you and your student should bother, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for grants. Topics covered include how federal financial aid is calculated and how aid is awarded at UC, which assets count and which don’t in the need analysis. What can “middle-income” students and their families expect? Who qualifies for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan? What’s this I hear about a new “middle class scholarship”?

Education tax credits and deductions
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 12 to 1 p.m., 9204 Franklin
This session covers how to determine your eligibility for federal education tax credits or federal tax deductions, including how to file for benefits, college savings options and their effects on financial aid eligibility and tax liability. Also covered will be using student loans, parent loans, home mortgages/lines of credit, retirement loans and tuition payment plans to even out the monthly cash outlay.

Both sessions are free of charge and open to UCOP staff, their families and friends. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: Family members and friends of UCOP employees are welcome to attend with prior clearance arranged through the Franklin building security service.

Coolidge will be presenting two more sessions on financial aid awards and loan repayment tips later this spring, so check Link for updates. The series is sponsored by the OP Staff Assembly.

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