August 2014 Newsletter: 10 Things Your College Student Doesn’t Need & More
While you and your students gear up for education mode, some schools have already opened their doors. In any case, we’re here to help prepare your college-bound teen for one of the most pivotal points in their life.
For those of you collecting items for college, you may not realize some are unnecessary purchases. These mistakes can put a considerable dent in your wallet–especially technology products. Our Featured Find highlights 10 of these that you won’t feel guilty for crossing off the list.
As some of you prepare your new college freshman, others are exercising similar steps for upcoming high school seniors. With the finish line in sight, we hope they won’t ignore their last year, which lends them plenty of opportunity to flourish. Negative thoughts may easily bombard their mind and this month’s Senior Scoop will inspire a counter-effect to common worries.
Summer is almost at its end, and it’s the perfect time to set the early stages of their college financial plan in motion. Our upcoming back-to-school workshop will help guide you and your student in the right direction. Reserve a seat or give me a call when you are ready to take your next step on the path to creating a clear college funding plan.
Beatrice Schultz, CFP®
Westface College Planning
College Funding Specialist
College Smart Radio: Tackling the Runaway Costs of College
Featured Find: 10 Things Your College Student Doesn’t Need
“We’ll let you in on a little secret that “they” don’t want you to know: College is expensive!
But seriously, it’s not just tuition, either. Chances are your child will also have to buy books (which are increasing in price faster than tuition!), new clothes, kegs of beer, and even some housewares to furnish a dorm room or apartment.
With all this spending going on, the line between “need” and “want” can get a little blurred.
Though ultimately a lot of these expenditures are up to the parental unit, we’ve put together a list of things that you might think a college student needs, but that you could easily avoid buying for back to school all together, if you’re trying to save as much money as possible. (And while you’re at it, check out all our back-to-school guides for further buying advice.)”
Upcoming “Tackling the Runaway Costs of College” Webinar
Seating may be limited – Register to ensure your spot!
Our 1-hour workshops provide steps you can take right now to assure you understand the cost of attendance and how you can afford college without jeopardizing your retirement.
Our next upcoming workshops are:
- Back-to-School: Time to Design a College Financial Plan – Webinar:
Wednesday, August 20th 2014 – 7pm to 8pm
- Tackling the Runaway Costs of College – Webinar:
Wednesday, September 17th 2014 – 7pm to 8pm
Senior Scoop: 5 Thoughts to Confidently Shape Your Senior Year
Soon-to-be Seniors: While you rightfully have college on the brain, don’t unknowingly dismiss the last year of your high school career.
Visualize yourself stepping onto campus as an official senior. Keep these thoughts in mind as you traverse classes, time alongside your friends and all the wonderful life experiences you’re about to embrace:
- Teachers still love when you ask questions and other students will thank you.
You aren’t the “annoying student” if you ask questions. In fact, many classmates let their shyness get the best of them and avoid raising their hand at all, even if they are truly lost in the muddle of information. If you’ve been one of those quiet students, now is the perfect time to break the habit, even if it means only asking one question a week. Eventually, speaking up will seem like a breeze.Asking questions to clarify or spark a new avenue of discussion not only will potentially help other students, but also stick in your teacher’s mind. Who knows; it may be your path to confirming a mentor or a letter of recommendation.
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If you are a typical parent with college bound students, you’re probably overwhelmed by all the research necessary to help your sons and daughters make the right choices and prevent overpaying for their education.
You are not alone!
Get the facts. Educate yourself to potentially save tens of thousands of dollars on a single college education. Parents of more than one child heading to college in the next few years, can save even more.
At Westface College Planning we work with families to help you plan for and navigate the “paying for college” process. We teach you how to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses, maximize financial aid eligibility, understand the best way to navigate through the college selection process and prioritize your sources of college funds to protect your life savings!
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