Education Planning

Sticker Shock: Creative Ways to Lower the Cost of College

Even with all of your savvy college shopping and research about financial aid, college costs may still be prohibitive. At these prices, you expect you’ll need to make substantial financial sacrifices to send your child to college. Or maybe your child won’t be able to attend the college of his or her choice at all. Before you throw in the … Continue reading
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How to Spend from a 529 Plan

A 529 Plan is a great way to save for college; however, when it comes time to use it, there is a right way to reduce taxes and avoid penalties that won’t jeopardize financial aid. Key things to remember: Withdrawals from 529 plans are not taxed at the federal level—as long as you understand and follow all the rules for … Continue reading
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Talking to Your Teen about Money

You probably feel comfortable talking to your teen about things like school, sports, and clothing. But how do you feel about talking about money? While it may be a tricky topic to broach, odds are that your teenager will rely on you to learn basic financial management skills. And the teenage years can be a critical learning period. According to … Continue reading
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Saving for Retirement and Your Child’s Education

You want to retire comfortably when the time comes. You also want to help your child go to college. So how do you juggle the two? The truth is, saving for your retirement and your child’s education at the same time can be a challenge. But take heart – you may be able to reach both goals if you make … Continue reading
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Managing Expenses During the College Years

For most parents, paying for a child’s college or graduate school education is a major event. For some, it rivals only the purchase of a home in number of dollars spent. As the cost of college continues to rise, it’s little wonder that parents view their ability to pay college costs with some apprehension. Yet, in all but the most … Continue reading
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