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. Encourage Reading with a “Words” Scavenger Hunt

    Scavenger HuntWhen a child first learns to read, it’s helpful to give him or her plenty of opportunities to practice with you, such as by sounding out the words on the back of a cereal box, reading road signs or voicing recipe instructions while making dinner or baking a cake.

    To help make reading fun for your child, a good idea is to create games that help bolster the reading skills you’re trying to reinforce. One great game is the scavenger hunt because it can strengthen reading, problem solving, creativity and imagination, among other qualities.

    Here’s how to plan a play-at-home scavenger hunt for kids that’s entertaining while requiring your child to flex his or her reading muscles:

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  2. How Music Can Improve a Child’s Reading Skills

    Father Teaches Son to Play PianoWhen a child first begins to read, the event can be rewarding and exciting for the parent. However, it can also be stressful if the child finds reading difficult or doesn’t show much interest in the book’s subject. One solution to this problem involves music.

    According to research at Northwestern University in Chicago, musical training can help improve a child’s reading ability. The team at Northwestern, led by Nina Kraus, a professor of Neurobiology and Physiology, found some interesting insights concerning the link between music and reading.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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