College Planning

Preparing and paying for higher education

When it comes to paying for college, there are a number of options to choose from. Students can apply for financial aid, scholarships, loans or grants. As a parent, grandparent or legal guardian, you may even decide early on to start investing in a savings program for your child, such as the Gerber Life College Plan. With all of the available options to pay for a college education, it can be difficult for parents and their children to determine which plan is best for them. That's why Gerber Life online articles include valuable insights and ideas to help your family prepare for the college years. Our articles and advice can help you rest-assured that your child will be prepared for college and anything else the future may hold.

  1. How Much Does College Really Cost?

    College students listen in classAlthough there’s no magic number to answer the “how much does college cost?” question – because so many factors are involved – there are official estimates available from authoritative sources, such as the College Board.

    As a guideline, we’ve compared some key current average costs between public and private universities, based on research from the College Board and College Data conducted in 2014. These comparisons may help you to more easily plan and budget for your child’s college education:

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  2. Gerber Life “Feeding Their Future” Sweepstakes

    Feeding Their Future sweepstakes logoIf you’ve been reading this blog since last year, you’ll recall that in the autumn of 2014 the Gerber Products Company — “the baby food people” — gave away a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan as well as daily cash prizes.

    Today we have good news for all of our readers: Back by popular demand, the Gerber Products Company is running the “Feeding Their Future” sweepstakes once again!

    Yes, once again you could win money for college by taking home a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan or $500 daily Instant Win prize. The sweepstakes start on May 11 and run through June 22, 2015 at midnight.

    To enter the sweepstakes, just follow these instructions:

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  3. What to Do if Your Child Says “No” to College or Doesn’t Know What to Study?

    Empty Lecture HallFor many families and students, a college education historically has been a means to an end: a better-paying job or a more secure future. Nevertheless, college is an investment in time, effort and money that many would-be students aren’t sure they want to make or are able to make.

    The New York Times has reported that some people are lured by stories of riches to be made in Silicon Valley, and that others simply don’t know what they want to study.

    What can you do if your child says “no” to college or doesn’t know what to study?

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  4. Parents & First-Year Students: What You Need to Know About Student Loans

    Father & Daughter Discuss Student LoansWhen it comes to paying for college, student loans may be a necessity for some families. But all student loans were not created equally. Before your child signs that promissory note, it’s important to understand the student loan commitment, as well as the various kinds of student loans available, and of course, how to apply.

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  5. Publish Your Child’s Book with This Awesome App

    Children Reading a Book TogetherWouldn’t it be great if your child could write a book of his or her own? Writing is a skill that definitely should be encouraged, and that has many benefits for children throughout their lifetime, including benefits not related to school.

    However, isn’t it really expensive to publish a book? Fifteen or 20 years ago that might have been the case, but nowadays there are book-publishing apps for children that make it easy, inexpensive, and efficient. Learn more about two apps you may want to consider:

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