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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. Gerber Feeding Their Future Sweepstakes

    September 12, 2014

    Gerber Baby Foods and Gerber Life Feeding Their FutureParents of children ages 4 and under: Do you want to help save for your child’s future? Start by entering a sweepstakes to win money for his or her college education!

    The Gerber Products Company – “the baby food people” – is giving away a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan, and other daily $1,000 cash prizes, through the Feeding Their Future sweepstakes. Parents of children ages 4 and under are eligible to enter the sweepstakes, which begins August 31 and lasts until October 19.

  2. Involve Grandparents in Your Child’s Life and Education

    September 7, 2014

    0907-involving-grandparents-in-educationMany children are lucky enough to know and to have special memories of times shared with their grandparents. When possible, give your children that gift by including their grandparents in their lives and by encouraging grandparents to take an active role.

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  3. Obama Expands Plans for College Debt Relief

    August 21, 2014

    Student Loan PaperworkOn June 9, President Obama announced three actions intended to help young Americans pay off their college debt.

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  4. Should Earning Potential Determine Your Child’s Major?

    May 13, 2014

    teenage girl holding paperFor some students, choosing a college major is one of the most difficult decisions to make; akin to the timeless question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a parent, you want your child to choose an area of study that he or she will be passionate about and that will lead to great prospects for employment.

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  5. Developing a Save-for-College Plan With Your Children

    May 5, 2014

    Teenage Girl in ClassroomThe role your kids can play and what they need to know.

    Parents of a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2013 (the Class of 2026) can expect to pay an average of $44,161 a year for college, or a total of $176,646, for four years at an in-state public institution.

    Developing a plan for saving for college is essential. The first step to helping your child get through college with minimal debt is to start early and make saving a priority. CNNMoney states, “Investing just $100 a month for 18 years will yield $48,000, assuming an 8 percent average annual return.”

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