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Deciding if Your Child Should Pay for Their College Education

Apr 1, 2008
If your child is close to graduating high school, you're probably asking yourself- should college students pay for their education? College is not a cheap endeavor, and the costs are arising. It is a difficult decision.

Getting an education beyond high school is a necessity nowadays. People with degrees beyond high school have so many more options available to them than those who only have a high school education. College students also have opportunities to gain valuable work experience while working on their college program. This experience gets them a head start in the future with obtaining work.

Summer employment is not enough these days to finance college, so parents are forced to continue to support their children through college. However, there are many parents who also don't have the money to fund a college education, and they may have several children to consider paying for.

High school is where the journey towards a college education begins. When in high school, they devise a plan to get them into the college of their choosing. During high school, students work towards getting high grades, volunteering, and preparing for entering college.

Students that use high school as a staging area for further educational pursuits are, in essence, trying to pay for their education. Good grades can lead to local scholarships. Athletic students can earn tryouts from college scouts that could lead to scholarships.

Financial aid can come in the form of grants, loans, institutional scholarships, and private funding. Senior year is the time when aid is applied for. Hard work pays off in the form of a lucrative aid package that limits the amount of funding parents need to provide. With just a bit of help from the parents, college students have paid for their education.

On the other hand, parents can start an educational savings fund for their kids as soon as they are financially able. A total of 529 plans exist for each state, and can be used for all educational needs of the college student. This also relieves the financial burden on parents because even a small amount added over time equals substantial funding for college.

Parents who are concerned about how they will support a child through college should start saving early. Have your child prepare and understand that they will be taking on some of the responsibility for college. Set up a plan with your child they can follow through high school. Prepare early by starting a savings fun for EACH child.

The key is to work together with a variety of methods to save for college. The combination of all will help ease the financial burden. Yes, college students should be responsible for paying for their education, but not alone. They must do everything they can to maximize their finances, as should parents. Your child's college education is a rite of passage- make it as smooth a transition and passage as possible.
About the Author
Paying for at least some of their own college is part of helping students use debt responsibly. Learn more about how to keep your children from getting sucked into the debt trap at the Debtopedia website at http://www.debtopedia.com
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