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What does College Really Cost?

Aug 25, 2021

Before buying expensive goods such as cars and homes, consumers have a very good idea of the purchase price and how they will pay for it. So why isn’t this true when it comes to buying a college education?

Four years of college can easily cost more than a car or even a home.  But too many consumers of education do not know how much it might cost before making the purchase.


It’s time to pack up and head off to visit a college campus. How can you make the trip worthwhile?

Some visits may be as simple as an informal drive to a local college. Others may be week-long excursions visiting several schools. No matter the complexity, advance planning will help maximize the return on your investment of time, money, and energy.

Here are a few tips to make the visits fun and informative.



Spoiler alert: It’s not even close. You should save for retirement first.

However - and this is a BIG however - you can do both. Setting up a college savings account alongside your retirement planning will benefit the whole family. You will give your child a great start toward college while you concentrate on building your nest egg for retirement.