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 permanent legal guardian, you may decide early on to start investing in a savings program for your child. 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. Gerber Life online articles include valuable insights and ideas to help your family prepare for the college years. Our articles and tips can help you rest-assured that your child will be prepared for college and anything else the future may hold.

  1. It’s Never Too Late to Achieve Your Dreams

    six people who prove age isn't a barrier to successIf you think that it’s too late to achieve your dreams, think again. Age shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving a goal or fulfilling a dream.

    Remember, what applies to kids also applies to adults: Kids often learn best from example, and so showing a child how to work toward what he or she wants in life, and to not give up when the going gets challenging, can be a great lesson.

    The example set by these six real-life entrepreneurs – Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ray Croc of McDonald’s, television personality Joy Behar, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, and Tim and Nina Zagat of the Zagat restaurant guides and ratings – illustrate why success does not have an age limit.

    Although your goal may not be to start a major global franchise or become a star in another way, the stories of these six men and women are inspiring.

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  2. Avoiding Common College Application Mistakes

    Girl working on college applicationsApplying for college can be one of the most important undertakings that students do in their young lives. However, because of such factors as inattention, carelessness and rushing, college application mistakes are common. They often can be avoided through patience, thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and a serious determination “to do my best.”

    Below are tips for avoiding some of the most common college application mistakes. We encourage you to share it with any college-bound students in your life.

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  3. 10 Tips for Writing an Eye-Catching College Application Essay

    Student writing essay for a college applicationHigh school grades, test scores and extracurricular activities are extremely important, but the college application essay can make or break a student’s candidacy. Why? The essay is often the student’s only chance to “speak” directly to the admissions committee about why he or she should be admitted over possibly thousands of other applicants.

    An eye-catching college application essay demonstrates why the student is ideal and can be of value for that particular college or university. To benefit any students in your life, pass along this list of tips for writing an eye-catching college application essay.

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  4. The Gerber Life College Plan vs. 529 Plans: Which one makes the most sense for your family?

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    Preparing for a child’s future is usually a top parental priority. With the price of a college education continuing to rise, many parents are looking for ways to help pay for their children’s college tuition. What are the options?

    Several are available. Finding the option that best suits your family’s needs may seem daunting, as some people find. The early years of your child’s life offer a great opportunity to begin some basic financial planning to help tackle the future cost burden of education.

    Two popular vehicles for putting aside money for college are 529 Plans and the Gerber Life College Plan1. To help you decide which one might make the most sense for your family, here’s a summary of their advantages and how they work:

  5. Dispelling the Confusion About Grow-Up® Life Insurance – Part 3, Who Can Buy

    Meet Drake – Gerber Life Halloween StorybookThird in a series of five blog posts

    Meet Drake the Vampire, who loves astronomy and usually has a telescope in tow. When he isn’t learning about stars and planets and black holes, he volunteers after hours at the local blood bank. Drake comes from a long line of Vampires and has a very close relationship with his great-great-great-grandad Count von Drake. Like most grandparents, the Count wants Drake to have financial protection in the future and is interested in buying a whole life policy for Drake. He isn’t sure that he can, however, since he isn’t Drake’s dad.

    Who can buy a Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan?
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