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Top private colleges and universities can cost over $200,000 over 4 years, and these costs are only going up over time. How much money should you save?
25 votes

Are you Graduating this Spring? Interview Tips to Help you Stand Out From the Crowd

by Kimberly L. Curtis, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, ... Level 20
What employers look for   Well-rounded individuals Employers look for well-rounded individuals who are involved in extracurricular activities.  People who have a passion that they have developed.  Be able to describe ...(more)
Comment   |  Mar 29, 2013 from Denver, CO
22 votes

College Preparation Calendar

by Kimberly L. Curtis, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, ... Level 20
Many parents begin planning for their child's education at a young age. As your child nears the end of high school, it is a good idea to have a calendar of events for the college selection process.  Here is a calendar ...(more)
Comment   |  Feb 12, 2013 from Denver, CO
26 votes

Financial Independence: A Syllabus for Life After College

by Kimberly L. Curtis, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, ... Level 20
Being financially independent for the first time comes with its ups and downs.  It is a new beginning that will set the course for the rest of your life.  Getting started on the right foot will help you achieve your ...(more)
Comment   |  Dec 07, 2012 from Denver, CO
29 votes

5 Questions About the College Application Process

by Kimberly L. Curtis, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, ... Level 20
  What can a college counselor do that I can’t?  Good counselors know about schools you don’t.  Most have worked in college admissions offices and know the ins and outs of the college admissions process.    How ...(more)
Comment   |  Nov 09, 2012 from Denver, CO
28 votes

7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Paying for College

by Kimberly L. Curtis, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, ... Level 20
  1.  Don’t wait until the financial aid award arrives to decide which schools you can afford Asses your ability to pay and your student’s chance of getting financial aid while you’re coming up with a college wish ...(more)
Comment   |  Nov 07, 2012 from Denver, CO
26 votes

Trends in College Pricing - Outpacing Inflation

by Kimberly L. Curtis, CFP®, ChFC, CLU, ... Level 20
College Board released its Trends in College Pricing report that highlights college cost increases for the current academic year (2013) and trends in the world of higher education.  While costs can vary significantly by ...(more)
Comment   |  Nov 06, 2012 from Denver, CO
3 votes

Ask the Adviser: Appealing College Financial Aid Packages

by Steve Stanganelli CFP®, CRPC® Level 20
Is it possible to get a college to reconsider their financial aid package? Client Question:  My son was accepted into his top choice and then a few of his lesser choices. The only problem is that School #1 presented us ...(more)
Comment   |  Jun 29, 2012 from Amesbury, MA
6 votes

Strategies for College Funding - Not Just Saving for it!

by Jonathan N. Castle, MSFS, CFP® Level 20
It seems that sending one's children to college to get a higher education is a very common financial goal - but strangely enough, one that few financial advisors, radio, or television money gurus discuss in much depth. ...(more)
Comment   |  Apr 24, 2012 from Jacksonville, FL
6 votes

529 Plans

by James P. Dowd, CFA Level 20
Educational Savings Plans were first established in 1996 as part of the Small Business Jobs Protection Act, and have since established themselves as one of the most effective ways to save for college.  529 plans permit ...(more)
Comment   |  Feb 09, 2012 from San Francisco, CA
0 votes

Checking Up on your Advisor's Advice about College Savings and Investing

by James P. Dowd, CFA Level 20
How can individuals ensure they are receiving dependable advice about saving and investing for college? (1)  Require transparency on fees.  Although it may be difficult for most individuals to sort through and ...(more)
Comment   |  Feb 02, 2012 from San Francisco, CA
2 votes

College Planning Checklist

by Russell Garrett Thornton Level 20
All too often, people become so overwhelmed at the prospect of planning for college that they are left spinning their tires. Time is of the essence when it comes to planning for college, however, which is why it pays ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 19, 2012 from Atlanta, GA
2 votes

Guide to College Funding

by Evan M. Levine, ChFC Level 20
 Incredibly, as private colleges keep paying their to executives millions of dollars each year, they continue to hike tuition prices for thier students. And many are wondering if college is even a " good investment" ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 13, 2012 from Port Washington, NY
9 votes

Saving for College – With a New Twist

by Neal A. Deutsch CFP® Level 19
Little did we realize when we brought our loving bundle home from the hospital that the task of saving for college would be so daunting.  In today’s world, especially post (and that’s a matter of opinion) recession, ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 04, 2012 from Suffern, NY
3 votes

Paying for College: A Gift That Keeps on Giving - Helpful Strategies for Grandparents to Lend a Hand

by Steve Stanganelli CFP®, CRPC® Level 20
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 ...(more)
Comment   |  Jan 04, 2012 from Amesbury, MA
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