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College planning

Explore the articles in this section to learn expert tips on paying for college, saving money, getting financial aid and making informed decisions on student loans

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College Planning

Child college fund

These five little steps could help you start a college fund for a baby, which can help secure peace of mind for you and secure higher education for your child.

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College Planning

3 phases of finding money for college

Preparing to pay for a college education doesn't have to come from one bucket of money. By approaching fundraising efforts in three phases, you may be able to accomplish your goals.

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Quiz: Are you financially prepared to send your child to college?

Whether you have small children still learning their ABCs or teenagers nearly ready to leave the nest, there's probably one question that weighs heavy on your mind.

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529 savings plan: Preparing baby for college

With much to plan for with a new baby, saving for college may be the furthest thing from your mind. Truth is, with the rising cost of college tuition, it's never too soon.

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How to pay for college

Worried about how to pay for college? Here are some basic tips to help you plan for college costs now so that you can be prepared for the future.

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A few tax-beneficial ways grandparents can gift money for college


Grandparents who want to help grandchildren attend college have lots of options. But a few may be more beneficial for both the grandparents and the student — especially when it comes to financial aid.

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Federal student loans - What you need to know

This article explains how federal student loans can be used to help pay for college and which types of federal aids students and parents may qualify for.

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