|Bringing Financial Logic To Your Emotional Decision
"Wow! What a great book! I spent the weekend blowing
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book is well organized and clear with lots of good advice
and examples to help the lay person (me) begin to see how
it might be possible to navigate my way through this
process without indebting myself or my son beyond all
hope. What I found most powerful about both the book
and the seminar, was the sense of hope both provided."
The 4 Ways to Pay for College
2. Financial Aid
3. Cash Flow
1. Savings gives you options. Without
savings, the means through which you can
pay for college is limited. The key is to save
in the "right" places.
2. Financial aid may be private scholarships,
merit-based aid, or need-based aid. You
need to find out which types are available to
you and how to get them.
3. How much free Cash Flow is left over for
you at the end of the month? This will
determine how much of a payment plan you
can reasonably commit to.
4. Once the first three resources are
exhausted, you and/or your student must
apply for Loans to meet college expenses.
Three important questions to ask before
borrowing: 1) How much can you afford to
borrow (cash flow), 2) How much are you
willing to borrow, and 3) How do you feel
about that? You may be willing to take on a
lot of debt. . .or you may not. Either way, that
will help you determine which colleges fall
into your price range.
In developing an efficient game plan for
college, a family should analyze each of the
four resources. Combine that with a
retirement plan, career planning for the
student, a good college search, and you will
be better prepared than 99% of your peers!
Questions to Ask
- Do you know who receives the most money for
college and why?
- Did you know some college funding strategies
should be implemented 18 months prior to
- Do you know how much of the total cost of
college you (as parents) can afford to pay without
sacrificing your retirement dreams?
Thinking like a CFO
Your household is a mini-business. You have income
that comes in, expenses that go out, while seeking a high
ROI (return on investment) on your assets. Fortune 500
companies have CFO's to help them run efficiently. You
need to think and plan as the CFO of your household.
College is too large of an investment/expense to not take
a step back and formulate an efficient game plan.
How you pay for college will impact your retirement.
Remember: you can borrow for college but you cannot
borrow for retirement!