College matters more than ever.
College costs continue to skyrocket, outpacing increases in income. Without careful planning, your children could find paying for higher education difficult. People with college degrees out earn their less educated peers significantly over a lifetime. They have an easier time getting work and withstand recessions and downsizing better. Start saving now by working with an Advisor.
How much will it cost?
The cost of a college education varies wildly. Annual tuition and fees can run $8,000, and as high as $50,000.* Take either number (or one in between) and multiply it by four years, and it’s only the beginning. You may need to pay for separate housing, a car, gas, parking or maybe air travel a few times a year. Textbooks can also run over $1,000 a year. You can also find great information here.
The earlier you start, the easier it is.
More parents are finding it difficult to fund their children’s college education. As a result, many students are taking on more debt – and having to repay college loans right after graduation. The answer? Start saving early. You can use this calculator to set up a savings schedule to help you plan for college tuition. There are also special accounts specifically designed to help you save for college. The two most popular are the Coverdell Educational Savings Account (ESA) and the 529 College Savings Plan. They’re both tax-advantaged ways to grow your money. Start by working with a Financial Advisor located at Heritage Federal Credit Union today!
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* The New York Times, June 30 2011, "What's the most expensive college? The Least? Education Dept. puts it all online.
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