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College Planning

Does Your College Saving Need a Christmas Gift?

Posted by Matthew Illian on 12-20-2015

Some years, we fall behind and I try to make a year-end contribution to get us caught back up again.

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How to Take Advantage of Student Loan Forgiveness

Posted by David John Marotta & Megan Russell on 07-19-2015

You might think that you can't qualify, but many well-paid families are eligible.

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How Quickly Should I Pay My Student Loans?

Posted by David John Marotta & Megan Russell on 07-12-2015

For those who do not want to be investors, a fast-track repayment may be best. But for those willing to save and invest, there is a better option.

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Grandparents: Is Your Helping Hurting Financial Aid?

Posted by Matthew Illian on 02-08-2015

With careful planning, grandparents can ensure their gifts are not impeding a grandchild's ability to access financial aid.

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How Much Should I Have Saved Toward College in 2015?

Posted by Matthew Illian on 01-18-2015

College savings benchmarks, 529 progress from newborn to age 18. Each year, I share the age-based benchmarks we use to ensure that our 529 college savings is on track to meet our goals.

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How Not to Promote College Innovation

Posted by David John Marotta & Megan Russell on 12-07-2014

These noble-sounding goals intuitively appear useful, but the federal government has only two ways to encourage change and neither of them helps in this case.

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How to Buy a College Degree

Posted by David John Marotta & Megan Russell on 11-30-2014

Unfortunately, Obama's good intentions are thwarted by the economic principle formulated by banker Charles Goodhart.

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Coping with College Expenses

Posted by Matthew Illian & David John Marotta on 11-15-2010

If you were blessed with the birth of a child recently, you will need to save $430 monthly to pay for in-state college tuition, fees, room and board. Double this rate to cover the full costs at the average private institution.

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Start Saving for College the Day They Are Born

Posted by David John Marotta and Matthew Illian on 01-25-2010

My youngest is a first-year student at the University of Virginia. My coauthor Matthew's youngest child was born only a month ago. There is no such thing as saving too early.

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Video: College Planning

Posted by David John Marotta on 09-17-2009

Four-years of college currently cost $60,000 at a public university. In eighteen years, it may cost more than $145,000. To stay ahead of rising tuition costs, you should plan ahead and save early. Tax-favored 529 accounts can help you provide an excellent college education for your children and grandchildren.

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