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. 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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  2. 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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  3. “Pre-paid” College: Is it Worth the Investment?

    College Students Chatting in Hallway“Pre-paid” college usually takes the form of pre-paid 529 plans, which are tax-advantaged plans that enable families to lock-in the cost of college at the time that they purchase the plan. Considering that every year the cost of college rises about 2 percent to 3 percent, pre-paid college can be a worthwhile option to consider.

    Disadvantages to traditional pre-paid college plans include a lack of flexibility in the way the money can be used.

    Most 529 prepaid college plans are administered by individual states, and they differ somewhat from state-to-state. Although you can often transfer pre-paid tuition credits from state-to-state, fees do apply, and can add up. For this reason, the biggest saving is when your child attends college in the state where the plan was purchased and administered.

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    Feeding Their Future sweepstakes logoHave you already entered the “Feeding Their Future” Gerber Products Company sweepstakes, which features a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan giveaway?

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  5. Taking a Gap Year: The Pros and Cons of Taking Time Off Before College

    Young Woman TravelingFor many, the term “gap year” is synonymous with travel. However, travel is only one of many things a student can do when taking a year off between high school and college. In this post, we’ll look at the advantages and drawbacks of taking a gap year between high school and college.

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