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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. Cost of Raising a Child in the U.S. in 2013 vs. 1960 (Infographic)

    October 10, 2014

    The joys of raising a child are countless, but with children come responsibilities such as the need to provide clothing, food, health care and an education.

    Gerber Life Insurance Company has compiled and compared the cost of raising a child in the U.S. from birth to age 18 in 2013 vs. 1960 – the first year that the United States Department of Agriculture published data on the expenditures on Children by Families. The results, which include the average cost to attend college for one year, may surprise you.

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  2. Create Financial Security for Now and Later

    September 26, 2014

    women reviewing current bills and prioritizing financesLearning how to manage and prioritize your financial goals can help keep you on track now and help you to gain financial freedom in the future. The following recommendations can help you to manage current bills and expenses while planning long-term:

  3. The Value of a College Education? About $500,000

    September 19, 2014

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    The recent great recession, which has spawned a spate of unemployment and underemployment among recent high school and college graduates, has raised questions about the value of a college education. Some people assert that a college education is not worth the money, and note that many famous dropouts are doing just fine.

    In fact, this way of thinking is misleading.

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  4. How much will you spend on back-to-school costs? – Infographic

    September 15, 2014

    average back to school costs

  5. How to Start a Gerber Life College Plan in Three Easy Steps

    September 14, 2014

    chalkboard with steps of starting a Gerber Life College Plan The Gerber Life College Plan1 is an endowment life insurance policy that provides a guaranteed payout* at maturity that can be used for college expenses or for anything else, without penalty. You choose the time frame and the payment amount, so you’ll know exactly how much money will be available upon maturity.