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. Fostering a Lifelong Love of Books

    Mom & Daughter Reading Book TogetherEditor’s Note: During March, which is National Reading Month, the Gerber Life Blog will carry various posts on that subject, to help parents encourage their children to develop a lifelong love of reading and books. Reading strengthens children’s communication and logical-thinking skills, so look for posts on such topics as building a home reading loft, planning a “reading” scavenger hunt, and publishing your child’s first book. Happy reading, everyone!

    How can a parent raise a child who will have a lifelong passion for books, learning and knowledge, even in today’s high-tech world? Children are naturally curious and inquisitive. The following tips can help you to develop those innate qualities and get your child on the path to reading and loving books for a lifetime.

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  2. Who Can Qualify for In-State College Tuition? New Laws Expand Access

    Diverse group of college studentsIn-state tuition for college can cost a lot less than out-of-state tuition, often by one third. This makes state colleges and universities powerful lures for students and families looking to limit the cost.

    Until recently, some categories of individuals, including “stateless” veterans and undocumented immigrants, were not eligible for in-state tuition no matter where they lived. In most states, to receive in-state tuition, you have to be able to prove that you’ve lived in the state for at least one year. Veterans just coming off of deployment can’t do that, nor can children of undocumented workers.

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  3. Off-the-Beaten-Path Scholarships to Help Pay for College

    With the cost of a college education in the United States still on the rise, people keep seeking increasingly creative ways to help pay for tuition and other expenses. After doing some legwork, we compiled a list of 10 college scholarships that may have passed under your radar, which your child may be eligible for but may not have considered.

    Whether your child’s interests are in business or social change or animal rights, he or she may be able to uncover a new or unexpected frontier that could help pay for his or her college education. For starters, here are 10 scholarships to help pay for college, in the areas of fire safety, community improvement, corrective eyewear, livestock, groceries, sandwiches, potatoes, animals, ducks, and … candy:

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  4. Teaching Toddlers to Express Themselves

    toddler expressing feelingsBy age one, toddler’s brains are on overload with so much data and stimulus, notes John Medina, Ph.D., author of Brain Rules for Baby, that the information can be overwhelming and make it hard for little ones – with their limited verbal capabilities – to accurately understand and express their feelings in a clear way. So what happens? The dreaded toddler temper tantrum, he says.

    It’s important for parents to teach their toddlers how to express themselves and their needs in ways that are more productive than a tantrum, and that can help them to be heard and feel satisfied.

    At the early stage of ages 1 to 3, the parent is a coach who is training a toddler how to express himself or herself without exploding. To do so, your toddler needs:

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  5. Ways to Save Money on College Expenses

    Mother Helping Son with HomeworkMany families save, plan and try to do everything right, but when it comes time to send their children to college and to dig into their save-for-college fund, many families also quickly realize that they haven’t saved enough. In addition to setting aside money for your child’s college education, there are ways to stretch the college purse strings to make the most of every nickel and dime. Here are some:

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