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Whether you have 12 weeks before your child attends college or 12 years before that big day, there are several ways to fund the cost of college.  Don’t be distraught if you don’t have enough saved or if you think you might not be able to save all you need. Paying for college is typical a mix of savings, current earnings, scholarships, student loans and other loans. 

How financially savvy is your college aged child?  Are they prepared for the real world and ready to make real financial decisions on their own?  Building good financial habits during college is extremely important to long term financial success. Following are few ways to help your child become good at making financial decisions.

If you have kids, no matter the age, you’ve probably at one point at least thought about how to 
pay for college someday. If you don’t already have a plan in place, or if you have a plan, but 
you’d like additional suggestions, we have a couple ideas to help you get started

Even more scary than your child leaving the nest may just be paying for their new nest! If your son or daughter will be attending college in the near future, you may already be experiencing some anxiety about how to pay for college tuition. Fortunately, there are several options you can look into for financial assistance.

For most consumers there has to be a decision on whether to build your retirement savings or to build a college fund for your children. This is a very tough decision and one that can be emotionally charged.  The best way to answer which should be a priority is to take the emotion out of the question and look at it as a pure financial dilemma.

Debt can be extremely detrimental to your financial future if you're not careful. Fortunately, there are ways to manage debt so it works for you, rather than against you - but it does require a little thing called self-discipline.

Categories: College, Kids and Money, Saving

You can’t protect your kids from everything in life. However, what you can do is protect your child from a difficult financial future caused by student debt. Student debt could not only cause your child to cope with a considerable amount of stress, but it can also cause them to put off getting married, buying a home, or even saving for retirement.

Categories: College, Credit, Identity Theft

When parents think about keeping their college student safe, they often think about ensuring they travel in groups or keep their doors locked at night. Although these are very important, there is a less noticeable threat that needs to be brought to their attention: identity theft.

Identity theft typically falls into two groups: a one-time opportunity or an organized theft. For example, a one-time opportunity theft may involve someone using a debit or credit card after noticing it has been carelessly left out in the open. On the other hand, an organized theft is premeditated and usually involves thieves that are part of a criminal group.

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