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College Education Planning Resources

A college education is a significant investment and with thoughtful planning, doesn’t have to come with quite the sticker shock.  Here are some resources that may be helpful for you:

Click the links below to view great resources for college planning

Is College Worth It?

As a young adult, college is a super exciting time in your life. But making payments on your student loans long after you graduate? Not so exciting. This leads a lot of people to ask: Is college worth it?

How to Pay for College Without Student Loans

Are you worried about how you’re going to afford to send your kids to college? You’re in some very good company.

Debt-Free Degree: The Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Kid Through College Without Student Loans

In his new book, national bestselling author and Ramsey Personality Anthony ONeal teaches parents how to help their kid pay for college without debt, even if they haven’t saved for it. This is a step-by-step plan that combines common sense and honest humor. It’s not some stuffy “how-to” guide, but a book you’ll actually enjoy reading!  It will teach you:

  • How to prepare your kid for college.
  • Which classes your kid should take in high school.
  • When your kid should take the ACT and SAT.
  • How to do college visits the right way.
  • Why it’s important to choose a major.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE):

With WUE, out-of-state students pay no more than 150% of in-state tuition at participating schools, compared with nonresident rates that can exceed 300% of in-state rates.

Through the WUE, your student may choose from hundreds of majors at 160+ two/four year schools in 16 Western states.  Find out if your desired school/major is eligible

Global Freshman Academy:

The Global Freshman Academy offers individuals of all backgrounds the opportunity to take the same courses, from the same faculty as on-campus Arizona State University students. Through this program, you can earn transferable ASU credit from anywhere in the world, and pay tuition only if you earn the grade you need. It's college courses on your terms.


MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. They provide deep learning in a specific career field and are recognized by employers for their real job relevance. Students may apply to the university offering credit for the MicroMasters program certificate and, if accepted, can pursue an accelerated and less expensive Master’s Degree.  Some programs may allow you to bypass an undergraduate degree completely

J.P. Morgan's College Planning Essentials 

College Planning Essentials, a powerful tool for guiding families toward one of life’s most important goals. It’s filled with easy-to-understand charts that can help college investors overcome common myths and make well-informed decisions. You will find insights into tuition costs, financial aid, savings strategies and investment options – along with a summary of key messages for each slide. 

Student Aid Secrets

FAFSA Student and Parent Financial Information. How to manage assets for Financial Aid.