College is a multi-year expense. It does require money to be efficiently allocated for each phase. The year leading up to college and the first year of college are major milestones. Consider all of the non-tuition related expenses. College dormitories or college apartments may require furnishings. Transportation and logistics can be a problem for freshmen students as they learn to navigate campus. Purchasing books for the first time without understanding the used book market can be a learning experience. It is safe to assume the first year may be ripe with learning experiences resulting in additional costs.
College planning is more than having the money available to pay off tuition in or near the final year of the student's college experience. Proper college planning ensures that the money is available at the time it is required. This can help reduce additional fees or costly bridge loans. Our planning solutions for college will ensure that the money your family needs is ready without any undue tax implications.
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Many parents or grandparents who take on the responsibility of helping pay for college end up sacrificing their goals. Our College Planning service can help reduce the impact on your lifestyle. We understand how important college planning can be for the family legacy. We also are sensitive to the impact it can have on retirement accounts and additional tax burdens. We can help make certain the money you have worked so hard to obtain gets efficiently utilized during the college payment process.
Here are some examples of some tips and tricks we have learned over the years:
Make a plan for additional starting expenses.
Find the best deals on books by learning where to look.
Get the proper technology required using educational discounts.
Develop a transportation plan.
Practice networking strategies prior to attendance.
Re-evaluate housing options each year.
Budget monthly/weekly spending with your student.
These are all building blocks for a successful adulthood. The content of the lessons at school is important. The ability of them to execute their daily life by implementing some of the tips and tricks above are critical. Help your student fill in the educational gaps by providing them with the best life preparation possible.
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How the U.S. Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and which assets are taken into consideration.
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