College Saving Tips

College planning specialists have some tips on how you can control your student's college costs.

Look at in-state schools that don't cost as much as sending your child to one out of state. Invest in a SAT or ACT preps course to help your child up their score and possibly get more financial aid. If students have to borrow, use Stafford or High Need Federal Perkins Loans for better rates. Lastly, make sure you fill out the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Form.

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  • by hope Location: NC on Nov 10, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    More please, there really is some good information there. The fact of the matter is, there isn't much available for children of working (middle class) families. There are small academic scholarships for those keeping their GPA's up. If you are lucky enough to have a kid ACE the SAT, they will get help. Depending on the curriculum there might be other funds available. Ex. nursing, teaching. Some hospitals sponsor students for degrees in medical professions. Be careful with the community college route. It is easy for those not goal oriented to get shuffled around in their system. UTILIZE the high school guidance teachers. Good luck to you!!
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Nov 10, 2008 at 10:13 AM
    The way I sent my daughter to college was I bought a home with a 15 year mortgage. I sold the home 7 years later and used the profit for my daughters education. Those days are gone because most of the legitmate home owners today are knee deep in second mortages debt. I would recommend two years at a community college, and take courses that can be transferred to a major in state university. Unless scholarships are available student loans will cost you dearly. Try the military...Many have found it to be a very beneficial path to success and paid college tuition to boot.
  • by More please on Nov 10, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    When I saw the headline, I was really hoping for more information than this. With a kid about to go to college, I really need some good information.

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