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

    December 22, 2015

    Mortarboard and checkbook with pen

    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:

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

    October 12, 2015

    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?

  3. College Admissions: 10 Things Your Teen Can Do to Stand Out from the Crowd

    September 30, 2015

    High school student posting flyersThe competition among college applicants is at an all-time high, causing the acceptance process to become more selective than ever. In 2015, college acceptance rates dropped to a record low of 5.05 percent. No wonder that teens are feeling the pressure to get into college!

    If your teenage is starting the senior year of high school, here are some things that he or she still has time to do to stand to college admissions.

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  4. How America Pays for College in 2015

    September 11, 2015

    How America pays for college infographicHow America pays for collegeIn July, financial services company Sallie Mae and the global independent market research company Ipsos released the eighth annual “How America Pays for College” study. The report focuses on how much money parents and students spend for a college education, where they obtain the funds to pay for the expenses associated with college, and their thoughts about the cost and value of higher education.

    Perhaps the most surprising finding is that parental income and savings surpassed scholarships and grants for the first time in five years, and is the number one source of paying for college.

    For more insights from the How America Pays for College study, check out our accompanying infographic:

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  5. Helping Your Child to Realize Dreams

    August 25, 2015

    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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