College planning and management can be a difficult process for both the parents and the college bound student. Here are some tips to help you save time, money and frustration.
It Takes Time
It isn’t easy for your child to figure out what they want to do when they grow up. It isn’t easy to determine what major is the best fit for your child. It isn’t easy to figure out what college suits him/her best. It takes time. A lot of time.
College isn’t getting cheaper
An article titled, “College Tuition in the U.S. Again Rises Faster Than Inflation” from Nov. 2014, discussed how tuition and fees at private nonprofit colleges climbed 3.7 percent and in-state four year schools rose 2.9%.
Inflation rose 1.4 percent in the year through September. Although the increases are smaller than the average for the past five-10 and 30 year periods, and some public schools saw no increase at all, the cumulative undergraduate debt is rising. Personal income is not keeping up with the increases.
It Can Be Frustrating
It is hard to navigate the myriad of college and career information, get a pulse on what your child wants to do for a career, determine what major that career requires, find a college that is the best fit, and funnel it all down to wise and financially appropriate choices.
I have developed a program called, The Do Good Pathway which can help your child determine what they are good at and what that means for their major and career choices. As their coach, I will work with them and help them make better conclusions about their future.