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3 Things to Know About Paying For College [VIDEO]

There’s 73 million children Living in America today and the choices they make will impact the future of your family. Unfortunately, there’s no single formula for success. However, there is one proven path that provides lifelong advantages, the path of higher education.

3 Advantages of Having a College Degree:

  1. College graduates have lifetime earnings 84% greater than those without a degree.
  2. College graduates tend to live healthier Lifestyles.
  3. College graduates have increased job satisfaction and stability.

Difficulties Paying for College:

Today most American families face growing problems paying for college. Over the last 30 years College tuition has increased nearly three times the rate of inflation. Access to Grants and scholarships is on the decline and student loan debt has ballooned over 500% in the past 10 years. In fact, student loan debt is now approaching one trillion dollars.

Over the last 30 years College tuition has increased nearly three times the rate of inflation.

While some can fund their children’s entire education most families rely on multiple sources to pay for their college expenses. Still, over 60% of families don’t have a college saving strategy.

3 Things You Need to Know:

  1. How Much Will College Cost?

  2. What Do You Need to Save?

  3. Where to Invest?

It’s never too early to start planning for your children’s education but it can be too late. Learn how much College will cost and what you need to save so you can put your children on the right path to success.

If you need help creating a college savings strategy feel free to send me an email at sweiss@weiss-financial.com.

 

How To Pay For College: 6 Smart Tips

It’s no secret that college is expensive. In fact, many colleges now cost over $50,000 a year when you include tuition, room and board, and other expenses. Now, we all want the best for our kids but how exactly can the average person afford to pay over $200,000 for a 4 year degree? The key is to start saving early and know your funding options. Here are 6 smart tips to help you pay for that dream college:

1. Use a 529 Plan

529 Plans are a great way to save for college. The contributions grow tax deferred and withdrawals are tax free if used for education expenses. For New York State residents looking to open a 529 Plan check out New York State’s 529 College Savings Program.

2. Apply for financial aid

Once you have kids attending college, always fill out the Free Application for Student Federal Aid (FAFSA), even if you don’t think you’ll qualify. There are government backed low interest loans that many parents use to defer tuition costs. The deadline for submitting the FAFSA is June 31st but you’ll want to get it in as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss out on any available aid.

3. Seek national grants

Here are some options:

4. Apply to several schools

To increase your chances of getting financial aid, make sure your child applies to several schools. The more schools they are accepted to, the more chances they will have to receive financial aid.

5. Service in exchange for tuition

These organizations offer college money in exchange for a service commitment after graduation:

6. Live at home & go to community college

Don’t rule out living at home and going to a community college for the first 2 years, then transfer to a 4 year college or university for the final 2 years. You’ll save money on tuition and room and board. This is a super smart strategy and one that many more people should consider taking advantage of. The cost of community college is much less than you’d pay at a 4 year college. If you transfer to that 4 year college in year 3 and graduate you’ll still end up with the same degree but for a fraction of the cost.

No doubt college is expensive, however the benefits for your child to attend college are quite compelling.

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