Are you thinking about how you’re going to afford college tuition for your kids?
Whether your child was just born or is going to college this spring, the cost of college is a major expense for parents. If you’re looking for advice on how to pay the least amount for your child’s college education, we’re going to go over some simple shifts that you could make to ensure that you don’t overpay for your child’s college education in this blog post.
The cost of college is not the same for everyone. Not everyone who goes to the same school in the same year will pay the same amount for college. The cost of college is individual to each family, and it’s based on a few factors used in the financial aide calculation. That calculation includes parent’s income, parent’s assets, student’s income and student’s assets.
Notice what’s not included in that formula: DEBT. You can make $150,000 of income. And with taxes and expenses, you have spent $150,000. None of that matters as far as the formula is concerned.
Here’s an example of how we were able to help this family reduce their EFC and free up cash flow to assist their child in paying for college tuition.
First and foremost, reducing the cost of college for your child can be as easy as rearranging your assets to make them “FAFSA Invisible” – meaning they go from residing in an asset that is included in the financial aide calculation to residing in an asset is not included on that financial aide form.
Secondly, our specialty is helping families find the cash flow to fund the cost of college. We look for inefficiencies in the family’s monthly cash flow to find and plug the holes in their “leaky bucket.”
We applied this process to a family a few years ago – they had an income of $120,000 per year and a consumer debt bill that included several credit cards and personal lines of credit that totaled over $130,000. On top of the insurmountable amount of consumer debt (which consumed a large chunk of their monthly cash flow, as you can imagine), they also had a son who was about to attend college in one year. Since they had a good income of $120,000, they were on track to pay around $30,000 per year towards their son’s tuition.
Our process, worked to get them out of debt within 3 years and allowed them to fund their son’s tuition costs also.
In 2020, I got a call from the client and she said, “Olivia, you know, so many people are struggling financially. I feel guilty that I have this cash available”. And I said, “Well, you know, you did all that work. There’s no need for you to feel guilty. When you came to us, you were in such a tight cash flow position. And the shifts that you made put you in a secure financial position, even when the economy was at an all time low”.
So if you are in a position where you feel like your cash flow is pinched and you have a major expense of college coming up for your child, check out our free half hour webinar to learn more about this process and how it could help you. Or if you’re ready to get started, schedule your free strategy session today. So we could speak to your specific financial situation. Remember, it’s not how much money you make. It’s how much money you keep that really matters!