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What’s the best way to save for college?

Our financial advisor responds to your most frequently asked questions

Save for Our Future—or the Kids'?

Should Your Retirement Trump Your Kids’ College Fund?My oldest daughter is 10. She just started middle school (and reading young adult novels, and asking if she can wear dangly earrings).The future seems a lot closer than it used to be. Which...

Why Kids Should Chip in for College

When I was in high school, I worked as a waitress, slinging hot cakes and hash at my local IHOP. My plan: to drive off to college in a lightly-used red sports car. Then my father presented me with my college tuition bill. He asked me to pay the...

Saving for Higher(-cost) Education

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You read a story about how you should start saving for college the minute your kid is born. You look at your baby, pooping in his onesie, and think, “Dang, I’m already late to the party!” And so you do…nothing....

Back to School Without Back-Breaking Debt

Going back to school would be a dream—except for that part where you get your first student loan bill and wake up screaming. Unfortunately, “non-traditional” students (late twenties and up) graduate with 15% more debt. Use these tips to get that...

Does College Still Pay Off?

You’ve heard the horror stories: parents shelling out $30,000 only to watch their kid drop out of school, college grads with debt in the six figures and no job prospects. Is college still worth it? The average student now leaves college with...

College Smarts Without the Elite Price Tag

Bad news: Nearly 25% of parents plan to use their own retirement savings to pay for college, according to a study released last week. Cashing out retirement funds early,  even for education, is a big no-no. The tax bite, never mind the lost...

Back2School: 18 Years to Save

We don’t want you stuck paying full freight for college in 10 or 15 years, so let’s explore that 529, shall we? You may not know that... There are two types of 529 plans: a pre-paid tuition plan and 529 savings plan. The pre-paid is what it...

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