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Federal updates

Benefits of higher education include tax relief
For many of the students and parents you serve, tax season is a time of grumbling and groaning. Forms, paperwork, and the April 15 tax filing deadline can add stress to an already hectic life. But for those paying off student loans or paying for college tuition and fees, an investment in higher education might help in an unexpected way—by reducing their tax bill.

TG updates

Teleconference on system development rescheduled
TG is rescheduling its teleconference, "What You Should Know About System Development Projects," in the wake of an ice storm that shut down TG and much of central Texas last Tuesday.

Trends and issues

Edufacts™—February 2003
TG responds to thousands of calls each year through the Texas Financial Aid Information Center. One of the most commonly asked questions is "Are there financial aid programs that are not based on a student's or family's income?"

Legislative update

The February 27, 2003, issue of the Legislative Report provides informative summaries of major bills filed for consideration by the 78th Texas Legislature that concern student financial aid, tuition, fees, and Closing the Gaps topics. Read the details at

Quick links

This, that, and the other...

Did you know that the Texas Financial Aid Information Center is supported by TG team members? The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the organization that established the center, selected the TG customer assistance team to operate it.

Our customer assistance team provides guidance for families and students on all state and federal financial aid programs. Callers can get information on the TEXAS Grant, scholarships, college work-study, and student loans, as well as 529 college savings plans and higher education income tax credits.

Texas Financial Aid Information Center

TG graphic designers also created a new logo to go with the call center's new number: (888) 311-8881. With these changes, TG and its partners hope to attract even more Texas families and students to use the free resource.

P.O. Box 83100
Round Rock, TX 78683-3100
(800) 252-9743
(512) 219-5700
(512) 219-4560 speech and hearing impaired.

Shoptalk Online is published by TG. Unless specifically noted, the policies and procedures outlined in Shoptalk Online apply only to loans made under TG's guarantee and not to loans underwritten by other guarantors.

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Contributors to this edition: Kristin Boyer, Andrés Cordero, Jeffrey Grove, Kelly Kaelin, Art Martinez, Steve Schmidt, and George Torres. Edited by TG Communications and Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Designed by TG Communications.

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