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Why You Should NOT Pay for Your Kids’ College Education

April 18th, 2012 - By Charlotte Young
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If you want to see how fast your money can go to waste, try saving money for your children’s college education. Yes that’s right, turns out your caring and loving gesture can in fact be one of the worst financial mistakes you can make. According to MSNBC, new research shows that college kids whose parents fund the entirety of their education—from tuition to books to housing, end up being really lousy students.

“Parents who pay for everything — including their children’s recreation and fun money — they have children who are more heavily into drinking, drug use, marijuana use,” Laura Padilla-Walker, associate professor at Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life where the research was conducted said to MSNBC.

BYU’s School of Family Life took their data from 400 college students across the nation. The study observed that students whose parents paid for everything were generally not only poor students, they also had no real idea of what they wanted to do when they graduated. The study also concluded that students receiving no help at all were the ones that were most focused on the future. So it seems to help your children fully understand the benefits of school and learn how to focus and study hard, they need to carry some of the heavy price tag of college.

“It doesn’t look like you have to pay all your student’s college expenses in order for them to be successful,” Padilla-Walker said.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help out at all. Students that end up paying for college in its entirety often take longer to graduate or are forced to drop out because they can no longer afford it. They also may lack the time to truly enjoy all aspects of college.

So what’s the best amount to contribute? According to Prof. Padilla Walker, about 25 percent.

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Tips To Negotiate High College Costs

March 30th, 2012 - By Charlotte Young
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As Spring makes its way across the country, so do college acceptance letters for high school seniors. While students are happily rejoicing, parents are wondering where they will find the money and pray that their children won’t end up defaulting on future loans.

“This is the month of negotiating,” Bob Ilukowicz, a financial aid consultant said to Reuters. Ilukowicz says that there is definitely aid still available. In fact, this upcoming 2012-2013 school year is seeing higher offers than those of years past. The average cost of a private nonprofit four-year college is now $38,590 including tuition, fees room and board but aid, classified as grants and federal tax breaks, generally take off $15,530 from that cost. According to the US Department of Education, about 80 percent of full time undergraduate students receive some kind of aid, and almost 64 percent receive grants that don’t have to be paid back. Still, student loans make up almost half of all financial aid.

Reuters suggest that in lieu of these facts, the first things parents and students should do is ask for more. Joe Paul Case, Amherst College’s financial aid administrator reveals that about two-thirds of parents who make a request for more aid get it. Amherst is a school that sticks to needs-based assistance, but schools that have the funds to offer merit and competition demands offer an even better chance that a parent’s appeal will be rewarded.

Be open and honest about family situations. Some colleges will take family problems that don’t appear on the financial aid sheet into consideration. Situations that often get re-considered are instances where non-custodial parents are not willing to help with school fees, and parents that now have good jobs but weren’t able to fully recover from a year of unemployment or healthy problems.

Think creatively. Starting school at a more affordable community college to take pre-requisites saves money. Taking a gap year to work before going to college also helps to offset the high cost of tuition. If a deferral puts the older student in college at the same time as the younger, this may also help a parent’s case to win more financial aid.

Schools that won’t negotiate may allow parents to pay on a monthly basis as opposed to a one large sum in a semester. This can help with cash flow. Also keep in mind that home equity credit lines now have lower rates than college loans. In addition, refinancing a home mortgage may also help with college costs.

Remember, before any decisions are made, consider all options and make as many appeals as you can. Many students aren’t able to attend their first-choice school because of finances. But consider the high cost of tuition vs. education quality and job opportunities upon graduation. Research shows that great students will do well regardless if they attended a public or a private school. Perhaps it’s best not to spend all of the money and obtain thousands of dollars in debt for an undergraduate education.


‘Quotes for Education’ Aims to Raise $100,000 for African-American College Students

August 19th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Black Politics On The Web) — According to a recent study, two-thirds of African-Americans dropping out of college cite finances as the reason for the decision. To address this trend and continue the company’s history of investment in initiatives that strengthen communities, Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE:ALL) today announced the launch of the second annual “Quotes for Education” program.

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