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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. What to Do if Your Child Says “No” to College or Doesn’t Know What to Study?

    May 14, 2015

    Empty Lecture HallFor many families and students, a college education historically has been a means to an end: a better-paying job or a more secure future. Nevertheless, college is an investment in time, effort and money that many would-be students aren’t sure they want to make or are able to make.

    The New York Times has reported that some people are lured by stories of riches to be made in Silicon Valley, and that others simply don’t know what they want to study.

    What can you do if your child says “no” to college or doesn’t know what to study?

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  2. Parents & First-Year Students: What You Need to Know About Student Loans

    March 19, 2015

    Father & Daughter Discuss Student LoansWhen it comes to paying for college, student loans may be a necessity for some families. But all student loans were not created equally. Before your child signs that promissory note, it’s important to understand the student loan commitment, as well as the various kinds of student loans available, and of course, how to apply.

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  3. Publish Your Child’s Book with This Awesome App

    March 6, 2015

    Children Reading a Book TogetherWouldn’t it be great if your child could write a book of his or her own? Writing is a skill that definitely should be encouraged, and that has many benefits for children throughout their lifetime, including benefits not related to school.

    However, isn’t it really expensive to publish a book? Fifteen or 20 years ago that might have been the case, but nowadays there are book-publishing apps for children that make it easy, inexpensive, and efficient. Learn more about two apps you may want to consider:

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  4. DIY Reading Loft Ideas for Your Family

    March 5, 2015

    Most parents want their children to be able to read well and enjoy reading, too. If a child doesn’t enjoy spending time with books, he or she is unlikely to devote the time it takes to learn to read well.

    An ideal way to help foster a love for books in your child is to create a literary-rich environment in your home. This can be partly achieved by providing plenty of books and reading materials, displaying a positive attitude toward reading and writing, encouraging reading and writing for both pleasure and practical reasons, and reading aloud to your child every day at the same place and time.

    Having a dedicated physical reading space isn’t a requirement for a literary-rich environment, but having an enjoyable space can be a huge ally in getting your child to love books. With that in mind, what would be more enjoyable for your child (and you) than having a reading loft for your daily reading sessions? Follow these simple steps and build your dream reading spot:

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  5. Encourage Reading with a “Words” Scavenger Hunt

    March 4, 2015

    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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