Paying for College

Talking College on the Couple Money Podcast

by Julie March 17, 2015
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Did you know that podcasts are big now? Like really big. Well, my blogging friend, Elle from Couple Money, started a podcast last year and I completely forgot to tell you all about it. That’s an especially bad oversight since Elle had me on as a guest on episode #4 way back in October. We talked about paying for […]

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How Much Does College Cost? Our Family’s Expenses for All Four Years

by Julie September 2, 2014
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How much does college cost? I’ve been tracking our college costs for our daughter, Lindsey, down to the last dollar through four years of college and – I’m going to be honest – this final update was the trickiest to do. You can see the first three years of updates here: year 1, year 2, year […]

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Financial Thoughts from a New Student College Orientation (with Some Actual College Cost Numbers)

by Julie June 30, 2014
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Last week, Tom and I accompanied Grant to his new student orientation at Saint Louis University (SLU). It was a day and a half event, so we drove down on Wednesday evening and back on Friday afternoon. St. Louis is a four hour drive from Kansas City and I was pleasantly surprised to find that […]

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Reader Question: Are parents responsible for paying for college?

by Julie May 21, 2014
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Last January I wrote about our oldest child leaving college, our youngest entering, and the financial changes that will bring. (Quick update to that post: our son will attend Saint Louis University in the fall. That’s the school I was alluding to in the post and he did indeed choose it. Our daughter graduated with […]

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Simplifying College Savings

by Julie 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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Where to Find College Scholarships

by Julie February 11, 2014
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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

by Julie 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

by Julie 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

by Julie September 25, 2013
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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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Our Family’s Strategy for Paying Cash for College

by Julie August 12, 2013

For those of you who are visiting the blog because you saw our appearance on the Today Show…welcome! You can find more of my posts about paying for college here. You can also receive future blog posts via email for free. Click here to sign up. Some Background When our oldest daughter, Lindsey, went to […]

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