Posts Archive

Education Planning

How are you paying for college?

September 12, 2017
,

Written by Marcus Dusenbury The Routine This morning started like most mornings do.  My son wakes up first and will sing a short song.  My wife and I are up next and begin quarterbacking the home’s morning routine.  There’s still no peep from my daughter, our resident night owl, until we coax her into consciousness. …

Read More

How can I save for my child's college education?

August 1, 2016
,

This is a very broad question that’s difficult to answer without knowing your individual situation. The option(s) you choose will depend on a number of factors: Your need for strategies with tax advantages (some investments and savings vehicles offer special tax advantages if the money is used to pay college expenses) Your certainty that your…

Read More

The Joys and Financial Challenges of Parenthood

July 11, 2016
, , , ,

Parenthood can be both wonderfully rewarding and frighteningly challenging. Children give gifts only a parent can understand–from sticky-finger hugs to heartfelt pleas to tag along on Saturday morning errands. You raise them with a clear goal that you secretly dread will actually take place–that someday they will be grown, independent, and ready to move out…

Read More

ABCs of Financial Aid

February 3, 2016
,

It’s hard to talk about college without mentioning financial aid. Yet this pairing isn’t a marriage of love, but one of necessity. In many cases, financial aid may be the deciding factor in whether your child attends the college of his or her choice or even attends college at all. That’s why it’s important to…

Read More

Financial Aid 101

February 2, 2016
,

Many parents pay for college with a combination of current income, savings, and financial aid. By learning the basics of financial aid, you’ll be able to understand how the aid process works and compare the aid awards your child receives. What is financial aid? Financial aid is money distributed primarily by the federal government and…

Read More

Funding Private Elementary/Secondary School

July 1, 2015
,

How can you pay for your child’s private school? Many parents are committed to sending their children to private elementary or secondary school. Yet paying private school tuition can present a compelling cash flow problem. The reason is that, unlike with college or graduate school, there are fewer outside options to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses.…

Read More

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

February 2, 2015

What is it? A Coverdell education savings account is a tax-advantaged educational savings account that you can establish for a child under the age of 18 (this limit does not apply to beneficiaries with special needs). The child does not need to be your dependent. Contributions to a Coverdell ESA can total up to $2,000…

Read More

529 Prepaid Tuition Plans

January 30, 2015

What is it? A prepaid tuition plan is a type of qualified tuition program (the other type is a college savings plan) established under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. Prepaid tuition plans can be offered either by states (called state-sponsored prepaid plans) or by private colleges (called college-sponsored prepaid plans). State-sponsored prepaid plans…

Read More

Saving for College and Retirement

December 11, 2014
,

What is it? These days it’s not uncommon for parents to postpone starting a family until both spouses are settled in their marriage and careers, often well into their 30s and 40s. Though this financial security can be an advantage, it can also present a dilemma–the need to save for college and retirement at the…

Read More

Repaying Student Loans

November 18, 2014

What is it? When you take out a loan to pay for college or graduate school, you must repay that loan at some future date. If you find yourself in the position of having to budget every month for a student loan payment after graduation, you are not alone. A majority of students now borrow…

Read More

Get In Touch

Share On Social Media