College Funding

Does a 529 Plan Make Sense with Less than 10 Years to College?

 One way families can help save for college is through a 529 Savings Plan but does a 529 Plan make sense with less than 10 years to college? Recently, I received a press request asking for comment on ways families can save or lower the cost of

2017 College Financial Aid Guide: How to Get More Aid

 Paying for college and filing college financial aid forms can seem like you have to be a contortionist to jump through the hoops set up by colleges.  With a bit of knowledge and help, you can find the money you'll need to pay for school.  In this

How Not to Use Life Insurance to Pay for College

  Here's a 'secret' to all your college funding worries:  Use life insurance to pay for college by hiding your assets, lowering your Expected Family Contribution ... and then spend more on college. Say what?!? Here's a better tip:  Let me show you

Why Wealthy Families Should Apply for College Financial Aid

If it's January, it's time to file your FAFSA college financial aid application. And it's also that time of year when I get asked if it's worth it.  There are many reasons why wealth families should apply for college financial aid as noted in a

Roth IRA or 529 for Grandkid’s College

   College is expensive. Grandparents may want to help.  They may have the funds but what's the best way?  Should you consider a Roth IRA or a 529 for your grandkid's college? These are just two of many options and each offers their own advantages

FAFSA Changes that Impact Future Students

On September 14, 2015, the Department of Education announced major FAFSA changes that impact future students.  These FAFSA changes will take effect for the 2017-2108 school year. They may very well impact financial aid prospects of future college

Tuition-Free Colleges

Tuition-free colleges? Is that insane or even possible. Well, a quality college education doesn't have to be insanely expensive.  With some planning and a diligent college search you can find at least twenty tuition-free colleges that may rescue your

Pay for College Without Huge Debt

As the calendar gets ready to announce a new school season, parents begin to ask what are the best ways to pay for college without huge debt.  With some planning it is possible to pay for a college education without putting yourself behind the eight

Planning for College Expenses

Aside from buying a home, paying for a child's college education can be one of the most expensive things a family will do.  Planning for college expenses requires a lot of thought and families can benefit from professional guidance. So how will

Value of a College Financial Planner

College is expensive: tuition, fees, books ... and now add a college financial planner into the mix.  What is the value of a college financial planner for families trying to figure out how to pay for college?  A lot. For many families hiring