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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

What You Need To Know About 529 Plans

529 plans offer a powerful way to save for higher education while enjoying tax advantages and investment flexibility. By understanding the qualified expenses and considering state-specific rules, families can make informed decisions to secure a brighter future for their loved ones and alleviate the financial burden of education.

10 Quick Late-Stage College Planning Tips

Planning for college can be a daunting task, especially in the late stages of your child’s education.  By planning ahead, you can ensure that you make informed decisions and successfully navigate the landscape of higher education. 

Borrowed Future: How Student Loans Are Killing The American Dream

Borrowed Future uncovers the dark side of the student loan industry and exposes how the system is built to work against you. Watch now.

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?

Which college majors are worth it?

The HEA Group researched how much graduates earn four years after earning their degrees. This research lists the top paying majors at each university.  While cost is a factor to school choice, knowing the return on your investment should be another deciding factor. 

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.

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.