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Fox Business: Saving for Tuition vs. Retirement: Which is More Important?

A couple of weeks ago, Fox Business posted a great article about saving for tuition vs retirement. Here’s what it said: After watching their retirement funds get pummeled by the financial crisis at the same time the cost of college tuition continues to rise, many parents are faced with a difficult choice: contributing towards their…

An Investment in the Future

We’re excited to announce that Westface College Planning is a sponsor of the Redwood City Education Foundation’s Benefit for a Brighter Future 2012! As we’re committed to helping parents through the process of making the right financial choices for their college bound students, we see great value in helping students be better learners and keeping…

Grammar Do’s and Don’ts

When you communicate with a college, whether by formal application or emailed correspondence, you are adding to a picture of yourself. Think of each step as part of a job application. While you know it is essential that your application and essay portray you in the best light possible, email inquiries are important too. Naturally,…

How to Make the Most of College Campus Visits

Are you planning to spend your spring break making college campus visits? Spring of junior year is a good time to check out the campuses on your short list, especially if you are considering applying for early decision. To avoid wasting time and money visiting every school on your list, do your homework first. Narrow…

Higher Education and the Governor’s Budget

Have you noticed that tuition rates for California college have been increasing steadily over the past 10 years? From 2008‑09 through 2011‑12, the state of California reduced funding for higher education by $2.65 billion. This has resulted in significant increases in student tuition and fees and declining course offerings, making it difficult for students to…

Calculating Future College Costs

Did you know that parents of a newborn should start saving approximately $700 per month for the next 18 years in order to save enough money to pay for four years of college at a University of California (UC) school? That’s right – with college cost of attendance (COA) at a UC coming in at…