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College Costs
If you plan to​ help your children pay for college, you are not alone .​
Many parents feel it​ is​ their duty to​ pay at​ least part of​ their children’s college costs, even though the price tag is​ rising as​ each year goes by .​
It is​ hard to​ save for your child’s education for two reasons .​
You don’t know where you child will end up getting their education, and you have no idea what that tuition will be once they are ready to​ enter school .​
This is​ when you need to​ go out and get some help with planning for college costs.
There are tools online that can give you a​ general idea of​ what college costs might be when your child is​ ready to​ go to​ college .​
You can also find a​ financial planner who can help you estimate what college costs may be in​ years to​ come .​
This is​ not an​ exact science by any means, but it​ can give you a​ leg up on knowing how much you need to​ save .​
That financial planner can then help you come up with a​ good savings plan to​ save for those college costs without breaking a​ huge hole in​ your budget.
Remember that each school has a​ different price tag .​
For example, private colleges are pricier than community and other public colleges .​
If you choose a​ private college like the Art Institute, for example, know that it​ will cost you as​ much for a​ two year degree there as​ a​ four year degree in​ a​ community college .​
So if​ your child wants to​ go to​ one of​ these schools, prepare to​ pay a​ lot of​ money for them to​ attend .​
Because you don’t know what your child will want to​ do, you have to​ perhaps save for the highest priced option to​ make sure you have things covered.
Don’t forget that if​ you can’t save the entire amount, there are other options to​ help your child cover college costs when it​ comes time to​ go .​
There are grants, though they often don’t cover very much of​ the costs .​
They may also be able to​ get loans, but you should encourage them to​ shoot for a​ scholarship instead .​
a​ scholarship will cover all of, or​ at​ least part of, their college costs, and sometimes they even help with living expenses .​
Not everyone can get a​ scholarship to​ cover college costs however, and if​ you can help contribute, you are helping them get a​ leg up in​ life.

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