College Education Planning and Tax Benefits – Comparing Plans

Need help decoding all the different education plans and tax benefits?
This quick reference chart is a good place to start.
Source: 4-15-2014

Remember that not all college savings funds must be in designated education savings plans. Consider keeping some funds that may be used for college in other investments, such as real estate or a regular brokerage account, especially if your future income levels may disqualify you from certain tax benefits for tax savings plan distributions.

SportsHopes Spotlight: 3-21-2014

Michael Greer is a local parent and coach who is very involved in many aspects of higher education and numerous sports including football and basketball. Michael and SportsHopes founder, Jennifer Oliver, met recently to share ideas and discuss opportunities to work together as volunteers to assist youth with their college and life pathways.

SportsHopes Update: 3-10-2014

The NCAA initial academic eligibility core course and SAT/ACT requirements for student-athletes who
will graduate from high school in 2016 (and beyond) are different and stricter than prior years. Know the
facts to be on track academically and meet with your school academic counselor on a regular basis!


Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center: High school sophomores, juniors, seniors and community college transfers, if you plan to or are trying to attend a Dl or Dll college and compete in collegiate athletics you must be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA asks that you register at start of sophomore year of high school (or asap depending on your circumstances). All student-athletes will provide transcripts of core academic courses. High school student-athletes will also provide the NCAA with SAT and/or ACT scores by listing the NCAA code 9999 as a score recipient. The Eligibility Center registration fee is $70 but fee waiver requests are available if financial aid is needed.

SportsHopes Spotlight: 2-24-2014

SportsHopes’ Jennifer Oliver assists Toby Stinson and her son, Castro Valley High School Senior and Football Standout, Demareyeh Lane, apply for FAFSA and Cal Grant (March 2 is deadline for filing). Demareyeh is talking with numerous college coaches right now. This school year he made 1st Team All-League RB, LB and West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Defensive Player of the Year. Here are his Hudl football video highlights:

Toby Stinson and Jennifer Oliver of SportsHopes
Demareyeh Lane Castro Valley High SportsHopes

SportsHopes Spotlight: 2-11-2014

Nate Moore (Castro Valley High School – Class of 2014) signed an LOI with University of Oregon Track & Field. Nate is a student-athlete triple jumper / long jumper and his future is bright! Congrats to you and your mom, Trina, Nate! Great job and proud of you! Have a wonderful time and go and grow!

Jacob Boisse and SportsHopes California navy nomination

Joyful, positive, hardworking student and sprinter athlete, loves her sport, great young lady! Adria Revell has been reaching out to college coaches and applied to colleges. Her future is bright! The Foothill High School (Pleasanton, CA) senior has great support from her track Coach, Jorge Quero, and her family, and that is how our young people can grow!

Adria Revell foothill high pleasanton

Cash for College

Upcoming Local Financial Aid Workshops

January 30, Thursday, San Lorenzo High School, 6-8pm.
February 4, Tuesday, Arroyo High School, 5:30-7:30pm.
February 6, Thursday, Hayward High School, 6:30-8:30pm.
February 11, Tuesday, Castro Valley High School, 6:30-8:30pm.

Cal Grants and Middle Class Scholarship Program application assistance.
Must also file FAFSA or California Dream Act application online by March 2.

For more workshops and information visit: