The Financial Planner's Guide to College Funding Advice teaches a proven, step-by-step process for helping families manage their college-education investment. This eight-module, self-study course explains the scope and character of the student loan crisis, demystifies financial aid, provides a repeatable end-to-end process, uncovers tax strategies for college-bound families, and more. 

Please note: Planners must complete the entire course (eight modules and quizzes) to receive CFP CE credit.

Joe Messsinger, CFP®, is the course presenter and a leading authority on late-stage college funding and frequently speaks to organizations and parent groups, such as NAPFA, FPA, and XY Planning Network. He started Capstone Wealth Partners because of his struggles at large national firms to find and provide good financial advice,especially in the area of college planning. The large national firms seemed to focus on selling products to clients. After months of soul-searching, Messinger and his partner formed Capstone College Partners, an independent fee-only practice, with the intent of creating client relationships built on trust.

 

Level of Complexity: Intermediate

Course Information
Course Date:
February 18, 2020
Course Objectives
  • Review the basics of financial aid policy and student loan process to help clients determine an affordable college, and appropriate student loan amount.
  • Create a family college budget to project a family's out-of-pocket cost at individual institutions, income and asset strategies to maximize financial aid offers, and cash flow planning for college.
  • Review how the new tax regulation impacts college planning strategies and tools including updates for EE Savings Bonds, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, 529 College Savings Plans, education tax credits, education loan deductions, the Child Tax Credit, asset and income strategies, the Kiddie Tax, income shifting strategies.
  • Analyze Expected Family Contribution to help clients reduce EFC and increase need-based financial aid.
  • Identify eligible tax deductions and tax credits for education, reducing AGI and income to increase need-aid eligibility, and multi-generational tax planning strategies to reduce EFC, and coordinating 529 distributions.
  • Review types of loans available to students and their parents to determine funding options and loan-repayment plans, merit-based financial aid versus need-based financial aid planning.
Introducing the College Pre-Approval Process A

Introducing the College Pre-Approval Process A and B is an overview of why the cost of college continues to rise, the basics of financial aid policy, and an introduction to the College Pre-Approval™ process to guide families toward better college outcomes, and help students avoid taking on unnecessary and inappropriate student loans. You must watch the entire video to move to topic B. You can find all resource materials for this topic here and will be able to return to this topic anytime as you move through the course.

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Introducing the College Pre-Approval Process B

You will need to watch the entire video in Introducing the College Pre-Approval Process B to move to the next topic. 

Demystifying Financial Aid, Scholarships and Admissions A

Demystifying Financial Aid, Scholarships and Admissions A and B teaches planners how to properly plan and pay college tuition bills, and analyze financial aid policies at institutions. This includes detailed education on both the federal and institutional formulas used to determine a family’s expected family contribution by the FAFSA as well as the CSS Profile. You must watch the entire video to move to B. You can find all resource materials for this topic here and will be able to return to this topic anytime as you move through the course.

Demystifying Financial Aid, Scholarships and Admissions B

You will need to watch the entire video to move to the next topic.

Demystifying Financial Aid, Scholarships and Admissions C

You will need to watch the entire video to move to the next topic.

College Lending Strategies and Special Circumstances A

College Lending Strategies and Special Circumstances A and B provides a comprehensive review of different types of student loans available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. This topic also includes a discussion of loan-repayment options and loan-forgiveness programs, including options for military veterans and other populations. You must watch the entire video to move to topic B. You can find all resource materials for this topic here and will be able to return to this topic anytime as you move through the course. 

College Lending Strategies and Special Circumstances B

You will need to watch the entire video in B and take the quiz to move to the next topic.

5 Keys to Serving Gen X Clients with College Planning - Exclusive FPA Bonus Content

5 Keys to Serving Gen X Clients with College Planning shows planners how they can effectively serve college-bound families with more impactful and meaningful late-stage college funding advice.

 

Individual topic purchase: Selected
Financial Planning Association
CFP CE: 11.00
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FPA Member Price:$599.00
Non-Member Price:$999.00