1. The New SAT Focuses on College Readiness – Is it a Good Thing?

    Students Writing an EssayThe SAT is getting a makeover. In Spring 2016, students will take an SAT designed to focus on lessons learned in school, such as analysis and applied logic. Among the eight key changes: defining words in context, demonstrating a command of evidence, writing an essay that analyzes a source, and focusing on math that “matters most” – all grounded in real-world contexts.

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

    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.

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

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

    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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  5. Three Monthly Tips to Help You Budget For College

    Family Meal TimeThe average college student attending a public university can pay nearly $16,000 per year. Private universities cost in excess of $36,000 a year. Multiply those amounts by four years to see how expensive earning a college degree can be. Here are three ways to budget for college each month, to help fund your child’s future education.

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