College Savings

Planning and paying for college takes time and dedication with a goal in mind — whether that’s to maximize your college savings or pay off your student loans. But no matter where you are in your college journey, we can help you reach your goal.

Getting Started

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at how to save for college, start here. Learn college savings basics, including how much to save for college, what you need to know about financial aid, and why you should consider a 529 Plan.

 

Your ultimate college guide

A primer on college financial aid

Consider Section 529 Plans

 

Navigating College Costs

Determine how you can save on college expenses including looking at big and small colleges, starting at a community college, and taking dual enrollment courses.

 

How to save on college? (without a scholarship)

College shopping: Big fish or big pond?

6 ways to cut college costs in half

 

Managing Student Debt

In 2018, 65 percent of college seniors graduated with an average of $29,200 in student loan debt, which is two percent higher than the 2017 average.1 Understand the basics of student loan debt as well as the pros and cons behind refinancing and managing student loan payments.

How to handle student loan debt

Refinancing student loans: What’s lost, what’s gained

Seeking relief from when student loans are unaffordable

 

Pay for college in a way that works for you

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When student loan and 401(k) compete

Millennials who are saddled with student loans may be motivated to pay their tuition balance off quickly, but they are doing their financial future no favors if it comes at the expense of their retirement savings.

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What happens to student loans when you die?

If you die before you’ve repaid your student loans in full, could college loans become a problem for your spouse, your parents or your children? 

 

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On the hunt for the most generous colleges

If scholarships and financial aid are an important part of your payment plan for college, as it is for most families, you may do well to consider a few schools with deep pockets.

 

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Getting the most out of your 529 plan

Why is a 529 college savings plan important? Consider that the average cost of a college education is $34,740 at a private college, according to the College Board’s latest survey for the 2017-2018 school year. That’s 26 percent higher than it was decade ago ($27,520), not including room and board. And 10 years from now, it’s likely to be higher still.

DEBT MANAGEMENT

Consider refinancing your student loans

You can refinance all your loans into a single manageable monthly payment with a preferred interest rate.

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Are you on track to meet your financial goals?

We can help you plan for the moments that matter most to you, whether you’re figuring out your first budget, saving for college, planning your estate, or living in retirement.

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1Under Managing Student Debt: “In 2018, 65 percent of college seniors…” Source: Institute for College Access & Success: Project on Student Debt. Student Debt and the Class of 2018 14th Annual Report, Sept. 2019.