Paying for College

Simplifying College Savings

April 9, 2014

I wanted to pop in quickly to tell you that last month I took advantage of a feature of 529 accounts that I’ve been reading about for years: the ability to transfer your college savings for one child to another. My daughter is graduating from college next month (so happy and proud of her!) and […]

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Reader Q&A and Recommended Reading

February 11, 2014

My daughter Lindsey and I recently received a reader question through the U.S. News & World Report site where we wrote a blog for two years. The question is a common one so I wanted to share it here. Here’s what the reader wrote: My daughter is not going to a school for a certain […]

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Paying for College: Round 2

January 23, 2014

In last week’s 2014 update, I mentioned the fact that my son – our youngest – is currently a senior in high school and will be attending college next fall. I want to share with you what we think that will look like, financially speaking, but first a quick bit of background: My daughter – […]

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A College Savings Change

November 19, 2013

I’ve written a lot (a LOT) about found money and giving it jobs to do. And we’ve really used that technique to its fullest when it comes to college savings. For a number of years now, my blogging/online earnings have been earmarked for my daughter’s college and put into a savings account at Capital One […]

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How to Earn Scholarships for College: One Student’s Experience

September 25, 2013

Warning: Parental Bragging Ahead Early last  month I went online up to pull up the bill from my daughter’s university. She’s a senior, so I’ve done this twice a year for each of the last three years. This time I was confused. We didn’t owe anything. In fact we had a small credit. I dug a […]

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Today Show Appearance and Woman’s Day

August 15, 2013

On Monday my daughter, Lindsey, and I appeared on a Today Show segment about the cost of college. Here is the video (a short ad plays before the video). Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Other guests on the panel were Natalie Merola, a student at Florida International University, […]

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What Does Study Abroad Cost? One Family’s Expenses and Some Money Saving Resources

June 3, 2013

She’s off! Our daughter, Lindsey, left last Sunday to spend 8 weeks studying and interning in London. I am so thrilled that she is having this experience. We’ve spent the last six months or so learning all about studying abroad. There’s so much to consider: Where? How long? And how much? As in money. Because […]

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What Does College Cost? One Family’s First Three Years of Expenses and How We’re Paying Cash for College.

May 22, 2013

We’ve set a goal to pay cash for our daughter’s college education, and because I’m such a big numbers nerd, I’ve been keeping track of our costs down to the very last dollar. Since her junior year is now in the books, it’s time for a update. The Exact Breakdown Tuition/Room & Board/Books: $10,143 Tuition = […]

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Take a Student Loan Quiz and Enter to Win a $50 Prepaid Mastercard

April 12, 2013

I’ve written before about our goal to pay for our kids’ college without using debt. See: What Does College Cost? One Family’s First Year Expenses and One Family’s Second Year Expenses Our daughter is about to finish her junior year so we’re nearly halfway there. But since our son is still in the process of deciding where […]

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Upromise As a Source of Found Money

April 9, 2013

Part of my next found money update will include a check from Upromise. If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard of Upromise, because it’s marketed as a way to earn money for college.  Although the money can really be used for any purpose you like, as you’ll see below. There are several ways to […]

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