We are just a couple of weeks away from FAFSA being available for Seniors in High school, so I wanted to share a couple of take aways from a research paper put out by Sallie Mae. In the research paper it details how we are paying for college in the US. Specifically I thought it was interesting when the paper discussed “How families feel about the costs of college”. The important word is “Feel” as what I have found is choosing and paying for college is an emotional time for families. I know this first hand as I am the parent of a college student and Junior in High School. It is very difficult balancing the emotions of choosing a college and actually paying for it.
Our goal at University Financial Strategies to help college bound families become an educated consumer of a college education, so these finding really highlight the importance of planning. Please watch and learn more about these finding.
Budgeting might seem overwhelming at first, but hear this: You can do it. How? By breaking down the process a bit.
What Is a Budget?
Real quick though, let’s define the word budget. A budget is just a plan. It’s not a restriction on spending—it’s a plan for what you’ll do with your money. It’s a plan for what’s coming in and what’s going out.
When you learn how to make a budget—and do it every month—you’re giving your money purpose. You’re taking control. Goodbye, money anxiety. Hello, money goals. Learn the 7 Baby Step Process
Small companies shouldn’t forgo retirement savings just because a 401(k) plan can be expensive to set up and maintain. There are options specifically for smaller businesses: a Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) plan, a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plan, and a SOLO 401 (k).
“How do I get my money out of my retirement plan and into my checking account?”
The question is not as simple as it appears – that’s why people ask it. They’re not asking about the mechanics of a 401(k) withdrawal. They want to understand the switch from saving to spending, and it’s an entire cascade of questions covering how to decumulate assets in retirement. These include:
• When should I take social security?
• How can I ensure I’ll have enough income for my needs?
• How can I invest for growth without taking too much risk?
• What about taxes?
At University Financial Strategies our mission is to help families think beyond just saving for college, but helping leverage strategies that leverage your unique situation to help you save on college costs. We take into consideration topics like specialized college-planning strategies for business owners, planning for financial aid, school-specific scholarships, coordinating college planning with grandparents, cash-flow strategies and options for covering shortfalls, to name just a few.
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