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. Helping Your Child to Realize Dreams

    Mother helping daughter with homeworkMost likely, your child has big dreams – that’s part of growing up. Maybe your daughter or son wants to run a company, play a sport in college, or become a politician or astronaut. No matter what the dream or how it might keep changing down the road, you’d like to see your child realize his or her ambitious dreams.

    What are some ways for you to assist, particularly for launching the process? It’s often important to create a road map for success that your child can follow. Consider these tips for how to help your son or daughter set and achieve goals:

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  2. A Quick Guide to the Gerber Life Insurance Policies

    Gerber Life Insurance product benefitsGerber Life Insurance product benefitsGerber Life offers a range of insurance policies that were designed to fit the different needs of different people – from young families to grandparents. Ever since our founding in 1967 by Gerber Products Company, “the baby food people,” we have been providing quality life insurance for budget-conscious families and individuals nationwide.

    Today, as a financially separate affiliate of Gerber Products, we continue to share the same goal and tradition: being the name that people trust in caring for their families.

    Whether your goal is to set aside money for your child’s college education or to provide financial protection for your family, read on to figure out which is product is the right choice for you.

  3. Three Big Benefits of the Gerber Life College Plan

    3 steps to get started with the Gerber Life College PlanGerber Life College PlanAs a parent, you want your child to succeed in life. Although college might not be right for everyone, most parents will probably agree that giving their children the opportunity to attend college is a path for success.

    Unfortunately, providing a child with that opportunity comes at an expensive price, and so parents worry about how they’ll pay for college when the time comes. What might surprise you is how concerned they are about this dilemma. According to a recent Gallup poll that collected data from 2001 to 2015, having enough money to pay for college is the most common worry among parents who have children under age 18.

    Fortunately, there is a way to ease some of the concern: by starting to plan for future college expenses as early as possible.

    One excellent planning choice is to buy a Gerber Life College Plan¹. If you aren’t familiar yet with the Gerber Life College Plan, here are some of its benefits (be sure to view the accompanying image that explains how easy it is to apply for one):

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  4. Dorm Packing List for Freshman Year of College

    Young woman moving into dormAs your child prepares to leave home for his or her first year away at college, you may be enlisted to help pack since your child may be unsure of the specifics of what to take.

    Before you begin packing, however, you may want your child to coordinate with his or her future roommate so that they avoid having duplicates of large items that could be shared, such as a television set, microwave oven, or small refrigerator.

    Now you can get down to packing the essentials. To help you and your child avoid overlooking anything, you may find it helpful to refer to this dorm packing list, to which you can add or delete any items to match your needs.

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  5. Strategies for Choosing the Right College

    young woman in dorm roomIf you and your child are in the process of researching and selecting colleges, you know that it can be a long process. One of the things that can contribute to the length of the task is that you’ll want to find a happy medium between a college that your child wants to attend and one that is financially feasible for you.

    The rising cost of college makes the search all the more difficult. As the cost continues to rise, more and more students are becoming saddled with an excessive amount of debt.

    Two excellent solutions to the dilemma are public state universities and two-year community colleges, both of which you’ll want to consider when choosing the right college for your child. Here’s why:

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