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College freshman will be heading to school very soon and most families are already preparing them for the day. When thinking about what your child needs, don’t forget financial wisdom.  Not only is important to obtain a good education but you also want your child to leave college in a sound financial condition as well.

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.

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