The Secret to Making College More Affordable

College costs keep rising. Learn how you can get ahead of the game to save money for your child's college education.

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The Secret to making College More Affordable

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If you have children, you want to be able to send them to college. It’s every parent’s dream. Yet the average annual cost of a public, four‐year college today is about $20,000 for in‐state students. Private schools can top $45,000. And the tab keeps rising.

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Saving enough to pay the bills for one child is daunting. Paying for two or more … is downright frightening. But the college education you want to provide for your children can be within reach. How?

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Start saving early. While they’re still in diapers even. That’s because you can build savings in tax‐favored plans, such as 529 plans or Coverdell accounts. And tax‐advantaged savings can be a powerful way to fatten your college fund over time.

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Here’s how it works: Let’s say you sock away just $200 a month as your child grows. After 17 years, assuming your investments earn an average of 8% annually, you would have invested about $40,000, but you will have almost $87,000 in your child’s education kitty.

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Throw in the occasional windfall, gifts from grandparents, and maybe even some of your student’s summer earnings and voila! Paying at least some of those college bills just became a realistic goal. Remember: When it comes to saving for college, you have nothing to lose by getting started early and everything to gain.

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