College Funding: Paying for College with Tax Scholarships

Parents need to understand that there is more to college funding than a 529 Plan. Saving FOR the cost of college is not the same as saving ON the cost of college. And there are more ways to save on the cost than to simply rely on scholarships, grants

College Financial Aid Myths

College financial aid myths persist and they can be a big danger to your financial health.  If you don't understand how the college funding system works, you're likely short-changing yourself now and in the future. Most people right now are

7 Investment Ideas for College Students and Parents

College is expensive but you shouldn't neglect building your future nest egg and having a solid financial foundation under you.  Financial freedom begins early but it's never too late for students or their parents.  Here are 7 investment ideas for

Watch Out for Grandparent-Owned 529 Plans

Unlike medicines and pesticides, financial products do not come with warning labels. But they should.  Grandparents and other relatives interested in helping pay for college may actually do more harm unless you follow this advice. Help from

How to Pay for College for Multiple Children

  OK, moms and dads, how will you pay for college for multiple children? With college costs now averaging more than $22,000 per year per child for a public in-state student and averaging more than $44,000 per year per student for private colleges,

How to Beat the Odds for College Admission

  College admission is complicated.  Here's how to beat the odds for college admission and get into the right school at the right price. With an ever-increasing pool of applicants trying to gain college admission and college admission rates

Playing with Fire: Financial Advisors Need Help with College Planning

Are you playing with fire when it comes to college planning? You just might be.  I have a good friend of mine whose signature mock saying is "drive fast, take chances, live dangerously." Well, most people do and would just laugh at that.  "No way,"

Top 7 Myths About College Financial Aid

  If you’re the parent or grandparent of a college bound high school student, you may be overlooking substantial financial assistance and tax opportunities and not even know it.  Why? Too often parents become victims of the top 7 myths about college

Paying for College: 4 Helpful Tips for Grandparents

There is a saying that to raise a child takes a village.  It also takes money.  Some reports indicate that the cost of raising a child today through high school graduation for a dual-income family is just about $250,000. Adding in the cost of

The College Funding Dilemma

With the cost of a college degree exceeding $60,000 and in many cases approaching $100,000 or more for a bachelor's degree at an in-state public university, how will you pay for it?  You can beg, borrow and probably steal (though not recommended) but