1. “Pre-paid” College: Is it Worth the Investment?

    College Students Chatting in Hallway“Pre-paid” college usually takes the form of pre-paid 529 plans, which are tax-advantaged plans that enable families to lock-in the cost of college at the time that they purchase the plan. Considering that every year the cost of college rises about 2 percent to 3 percent, pre-paid college can be a worthwhile option to consider.

    Disadvantages to traditional pre-paid college plans include a lack of flexibility in the way the money can be used.

    Most 529 prepaid college plans are administered by individual states, and they differ somewhat from state-to-state. Although you can often transfer pre-paid tuition credits from state-to-state, fees do apply, and can add up. For this reason, the biggest saving is when your child attends college in the state where the plan was purchased and administered.

  2. Gerber Life “Feeding Their Future” Sweepstakes Deadline

    Feeding Their Future sweepstakes logoHave you already entered the “Feeding Their Future” Gerber Products Company sweepstakes, which features a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan giveaway?

    If so, we hope you’ve been returning daily to play the Instant Win Game, which features a $500 cash prize each day.

    If you haven’t yet signed up for the Grand Prize or participated in the daily Instant Win Game, then hurry: Time to enter is running out! The giveaway ends on Monday, June 22 at midnight.

    Sign up right away, so that you can return on each of the remaining days for a chance to win an Instant Win daily prize!

    Follow these instructions to enter the sweepstakes:

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  3. How Much Does College Really Cost?

    College students listen in classAlthough there’s no magic number to answer the “how much does college cost?” question – because so many factors are involved – there are official estimates available from authoritative sources, such as the College Board.

    As a guideline, we’ve compared some key current average costs between public and private universities, based on research from the College Board and College Data conducted in 2014. These comparisons may help you to more easily plan and budget for your child’s college education:

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  4. Gerber Life “Feeding Their Future” Sweepstakes

    Feeding Their Future sweepstakes logoIf you’ve been reading this blog since last year, you’ll recall that in the autumn of 2014 the Gerber Products Company — “the baby food people” — gave away a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan as well as daily cash prizes.

    Today we have good news for all of our readers: Back by popular demand, the Gerber Products Company is running the “Feeding Their Future” sweepstakes once again!

    Yes, once again you could win money for college by taking home a $50,000 Gerber Life College Plan or $500 daily Instant Win prize. The sweepstakes start on May 11 and run through June 22, 2015 at midnight.

    To enter the sweepstakes, just follow these instructions:

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

    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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