Saving For College – By Julie Murphy

Personal-Finance According to recently released reports from the College Board, most students and their families can expect to pay, on average, from $108 to $1,398 more than what they paid in 2008 for this years tuition and fees, depending on the type of college. And with inflation rates continuing to increase, these costs will likely double and even triple in the years to come. Although these costs are quite daunting, there are ways that parents and kids can prepare themselves for the sticker shock of attending college. First and foremost, you want to make sure you are basing your college saving decisions on your families personal strategy rather than the stock market, which has been like a gambling roller coaster this past year. A few other savings tips for parents include: things to consider: Next pay raise, take 1/2 or 1/3 of it and put it in a 529 plan to get tax deferred and tax free gains. Sign up for where corporations will share in their profits and provide money to your childrens college fund on products that you already buy. Look for credit cards such as American Express linked with Fidelity where 1.5 percent of anything you charge will go into your kids college fund. Citibank has similar card. ? One of the keys is finding the right card, is to find one where the money transfers from your credit card or account directly into the 529 plan. That way, you dont have to manage the transfers yourself. Re-prioritize your monthly savings goals to fit the need, if one kid is in college and one is approaching grad school, determine which one to tackle first. Strategize with your kids to spend 2 years at a community college to save funds which will make your dollar stretch farther But dont put it all on yourself! There are things that your child can be doing to contribute to their college savings. Different banks and credit unions have special accounts for teens saving for college. Be sure to ask at your financial institution and have your child contribute some of his or her part-time wages to the account. Since todays teens are so tech-savvy, have them research various scholarships, grants and federal aid available to them and help them fill out applications. In my book, The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth from the Inside Out, I include 22 specific exercises to help families understand their current financial reality, learn how to transform their lives and build a new relationship with money. Julie Murphy Casserly, CLU, ChFC, CFP is a 14-year veteran of the financial services industry and founder of JMC Wealth Management in Chicago. Julie helps people understand how their emotional attitudes and behaviors affect how they earn, spend and save. To purchase her award winning the book, The Emotion Behind Money, please visit ..emotionbehindmoney… About the Author: 相关的主题文章: