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AN EDUCATION ON COLLEGE SAVINGS

Saving for your child’s education can be a daunting task.  You need to calculate how much money must be saved to reach your goal, what type of plan you should contribute to, and what the different tax implications will be.  With college costs increasing an average of 5% each year, the price of a college education in the future seems staggering.  A child born today will pay more than $237,000 (see chart below) for the average public institution or $536,000 for the average private university by the time they begin college.  Determine your average cost from the table below to come up with a projected goal. Keep in mind that additional needs such as a car or plane tickets for trips home, will increase the savings required.  Once a target goal has been defined, you may choose among multiple investment options.  A common mistake parents make at this point is to place assets (i.e.: stocks, bonds or savings accounts) in ...

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Why I Kicked My College Graduate Out of the House

When my oldest child was about to graduate from college earlier this year, I made a strategic decision: We were going to kick her out of the house and get her living on her own. Do you think I am a bad parent? Or, am I taking the steps that more parents should today–getting their children to be responsible for their own finances despite the inevitable struggles? When my daughter graduated in May, my wife and I gave her a specific deadline: By the end of the summer, find a job, find an apartment, and find out exactly what your monthly expenses will be when you are living on your own.   Even though we’ve done well enough that we could have given her a bunch of cash or let her stay at home for a couple of years to build up a nest egg, my wife and I agreed that this was the best option for her. And it’s the ...

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Do You Want To REALLY get FREE College Money?

The debates are on and every presidential candidate is promising thousands and thousands of dollars of FREE college money. Wouldn’t that be nice? Now that the kids are back in school and the football season is in full swing, most families don’t realize that applying for free financial aid is literally right around the corner for the school year in 2020. The problem is that most people don’t understand how the college aid process actually works and often sell themselves short of getting free money that could help offset the growing cost of college. Here are seven mistakes that could crush your ability to get free money for 2020. Filling out the FAFSA form AFTER October 1st– If you are interested in getting the most possible money from the Free Application For Student Aid, then you must fill out the forms by October 1st.   Some of the financial awards are issued on a first come first serve basis, so when ...

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How I Kicked My Post College Kid Out Of The House- And You Can Too!!

It’s official – apparently you can to home again. A recent TD Ameritrade survey found that 50% of “young millennials” plan to move back home with their parents after college. The survey polled 1,027 members of Generation Z (which the survey defines as ages 15-21), 1,026 millennials (which the survey defines as ages 22-28) and 1,001 parents. This issue is actually very personal for me. With my oldest child Olivia having recently graduated college and two others at home closely following in her footsteps, I made a strategic decision. I needed to kick Olivia out of the house and get her living on her own as soon as possible.  You know I love my kids more than life itself.  You know I only want the best for them.  But I remember the struggles I experienced when I started living on my own with less than $100 in my bank account. I lived on a waterbed and ate a steady diet ...

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What Is The Best College To Go To In The Future?

Overview I have been asking for years in my ‘your smart money moves’ column if we could really put a monetary value on a college education.  The great debate over public school vs. private school on the high school level will continue because there isn’t a ton of empirical data, but thanks to our friends at PayScale (www.payscale.com), there is beginning to be a lot more evidence around what school really delivers a bang for your buck.   We all know that past performance cannot be a guarantee for the future, but there is a set of trending data that makes it interesting to see what schools in the future will deliver you return on your investment if you choose to take out student debt or your parent’s fork over the cash for a college education. PayScale provides a forecast for the financial return on investment (College ROI) for a bachelor’s degree at public and private colleges through the year 2025. ...

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The Rising Cost Of A College Application

We see so much in the news today about the rising cost of college education and the crushing statistics around student debt.   These sobering figures are giving much cause for consternation around whether the cost of an elite college education is really worth the price of admission.  Just the other day, I shared with a young couple that to put their newborn through a fully funded elite private school education would require them to save almost $1,000 per month!   Although there is much debate about college education, hardly at all does anyone discuss the costs of just applying to get to that college education.   With application fees being another boon for colleges, here are some smart money moves figures you need to plan for within your family budget as your child prepares for the application process. Application Fees– With a school like Harvard that received over 35,000 applications @ $75 a pop, it represented over 2 million in application fees ...

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One Great Gift Idea For The College Football Playoff

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, you might still be looking for a great stocking stuffer or gift especially for that avid college football fan.   This year will be the first National College Football Playoff with Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, and Ohio State, and there is sure to be much hoopla and hype coming up for New Year’s Day. Whether you use this as a holiday gift or just pick this up yourself for a New Year’s Day party, it is a must to check out FANPANS (www.fanpans.com). FANPANs came about after realizing no one was producing customized baking products for dedicated college football fans.   Started by Courtney Hoffman, she shared with me how the company got off to such great growth. “As a Tennessee grad, we started with a big power T cake.  We followed up with ice cube trays, then muffin pans, then the line was born.” FANPANS has some really cool products for the ...

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Save Big, Save Little for College

For many of us, one of the biggest expenses that we’ll have is paying for our own or our child’s college education. Personally, I knew that I wasn’t going to have a “Free Ride” during college. Although I played Division III college basketball, I still maintained 4 jobs in college and used the tutoring services so that I could qualify for as many academic scholarships as possible and to pay down some of my student loans before I graduated.  According to the College Board, statistics show that over the past 30 years the average annual increase for college tuition has ranged from 3-5% above and beyond inflation(Consumer Price Index). I recently had the chance to interview Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Tutor.com/former CEO of Match.com, about the different ways to help students save and pay for college. Below are a few tips that Ginsberg shares with our readers. “Save Big” Ginsberg says. Many people transition from paying for day care to ...

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