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. Beat the College Inflation Rate

    College Graduation Cap and Diploma“Inflation.” The word may put a chill in the hearts of people everywhere, but what does inflation do to college costs?

    Just as the general rate of inflation represents increases in the cost of living from year to year, the college inflation rate represents increases in the cost of tuition and fees from year to year. For parents and grandparents who are saving for their children’s or grandchildren’s college education, it’s essential to choose options that keep up with college inflation.

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  2. College Savings Accounts

    Parent Reading With ChildShould I save for college in my name or my child’s name?

    Saving for your child’s college education represents an investment in your child’s future. After all, the average cost of a college education has been rising steadily for decades – about 7% per year according to Forbes business magazine. That trend is expected to continue indefinitely.

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  3. Enter to Win a Gerber Life College Plan!

    Calling all paGerber Life College Plan Giveawaysrents and grandparents: You can help make your child’s dream for the future come true by entering the Gerber Life College Plan1  giveaways for a chance to win a Gerber Life College Plan.

    What does your child or grandchild want to be when he or she grows up?  A teacher, a nurse, a scientist or anything he or she dreams of being. Very likely a college education will be needed to make that dream become a reality.

  4. Guiding Your Teen Through the College Admission Process

    Student Applying For CollegeThe college admission process can be an overwhelming experience for teens, as well as their parents. After all, heading to college represents a very important chapter in your teen’s development process. While anxiety is likely to run high throughout this process, there are proven effective ways to lend both the guidance and loving support your teen will need.

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  5. Applying for Financial Aid

    Student Applying For Financial AidDespite a slow economic recovery, the cost of a college education continues to rise year to year. Now more than ever before, parents and students are in need of financial assistance to pay for college tuition. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the cost of tuition for entering freshmen at a four-year public college in 2009 was three times what it was in 1990 when those same students were born. So how can you apply for financial aid?

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