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Your (Financial) Guide to College Planning

College tuitions are rising, but these strategies can help you cover the cost of higher education for your children for yourself

Program Overview:  The cost of a four-year public in-state college degree is expected to more than double by 2034. With Americans already carrying 1.4 trillion dollars in student loan debt1, it’s clear that paying for college is a huge—and growing-- financial challenge for most families. Should parents start an education fund before their children are even born? Or are there better ways to manage this expense?

In this webcast, our panel will offer ideas and insights to help you cover the cost of higher education without sacrificing other important family goals. From loans and scholarships to 529 college savings accounts, we’ll explore various ways to fund college expenses.

We’ll also share strategies for managing student debt. And, for those debating whether a college degree is worth the cost, we’ll look at the long-term financial impact it can have on your children’s future--even explore which majors could offer the best opportunities for earnings post-graduation.

Some of the questions we’ll address include:

  • How can we pay for college without sacrificing our other key financial goals?
  • When should we start saving for our child’s college and how much do we need to save?
  • What is a 529 college savings plan and is it the best option for us?
  • Should we consider government loans?
  • How much should my child contribute?
  • Are there ways to make student loan debt more manageable?
  • How can a Merrill Lynch financial advisor help?


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1 2017 Federal Reserve Board of Governors


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