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Pupils / students in the school system receive maintenance- and incentive-type grants as part of the financial support system. The share of public funding shows the areas where the non-public sector plays an important role but also reflects varying levels of fees for services offered by public educational institutions. Fees are important, in particular, in the case of public institutions providing care to children aged up to 3 years, nursery schools and higher education institutions. School funding should provide extra money for low-income students and end across-state inequities. In order to overcome issues of poverty, low-income students need additional funds. Some research shows that students in poverty require twice the funding as students from affluent backgrounds.135 These dollars should attract effective teachers, improve curriculum, and fund programs such as early childhood education.

Though federal student loan interest rates are still in question as of today, the rates on federal loans will likely always be lower than rates on private loans. Statistics on the American Student Assistance website note that 60 percent of college students borrow money for school. The average student loan balance for all age groups in 2012 was $24,300, with 25 percent of borrowers owing more than $28,000.

Financial advisors who offer college planning services can become Certified College Planning Specialists through the National Institute of Certified College Planners . Earning this esteemed designation requires completing NICCP’s certification program, including passing comprehensive exams. The program consists of three modules that cover knowledge and resources specific to helping families pay for their children’s education. Maintaining the CCPS designation requires completing 24 hours of continuing education credit each year and abiding by the CCPS Code of Ethics. When considering a school that has lowered, or plans to lower, college tuition rates, take into account its motivations for doing so and the long-term impacts. Specifically, consider the benefits a rate reset is likely to yield for the school, whether it's a policy the school can realistically adopt and how it directly influences your total costs.

We were determined that our child would attend college and have less debt when he was done. My husband and I were lucky enough to go to great private colleges at a time when the cost of college was less expensive than it is now. Costs not covered by savings will need to be paid in the form of current income, friends/family contributions or student loans.


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