College Planning

Preparing and paying for higher education

When it comes to paying for college, there are a number of options to choose from. Students can apply for financial aid, scholarships, loans or grants. As a parent, grandparent or legal guardian, you may even decide early on to start investing in a savings program for your child, such as the Gerber Life College Plan. With all of the available options to pay for a college education, it can be difficult for parents and their children to determine which plan is best for them. That's why Gerber Life online articles include valuable insights and ideas to help your family prepare for the college years. Our articles and advice can help you rest-assured that your child will be prepared for college and anything else the future may hold.

  1. Guiding Your Teen Through the College Admission Process

    Student Applying For CollegeThe college admission process can be an overwhelming experience for teens, as well as their parents. After all, heading to college represents a very important chapter in your teen’s development process. While anxiety is likely to run high throughout this process, there are proven effective ways to lend both the guidance and loving support your teen will need.

  2. Applying for Financial Aid

    Student Applying For Financial AidDespite a slow economic recovery, the cost of a college education continues to rise year to year. Now more than ever before, parents and students are in need of financial assistance to pay for college tuition. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, the cost of tuition for entering freshmen at a four-year public college in 2009 was three times what it was in 1990 when those same students were born. So how can you apply for financial aid?

  3. Gerber Life Video Contest Voting Ends April 8th!

    Gerber Life Video Contest Voting Ends April 8Vote for your favorite video and help one lucky family win a $10,000 Gerber Life College Plan!

    In our Bring Dreams to Life Video Contest we’ve asked parents and grandparents to share a video showing what their child or grandchild, aged 8 years old or younger, dreams of being when he or she grows up. We’ve been receiving some great videos! From your desktop or laptop computer, visit our contest page at www.facebook.com/gerberlife to view the videos entered and to vote for your favorite. Remember to share the contest with all of your friends and family, so that they can vote, too!

  4. Saving for College: A crash course in budgeting

    Family Planning Early for CollegeYour newborn has just turned six months old and you’ve finally gotten a handle on this whole “parenting” thing (the first lesson was that you can never have too many packages of diapers). You’ve bought everything you can think of for your child – the best crib available, a top-of-the-line stroller and enough toys to open up your own store. But have you thought about a plan to save for college? According to a recent study, commissioned by Gerber Life, 91 percent of moms and dads would give up vacations, cell phones or the Internet if it could cover the cost of their child’s education. What many of them may not realize is that they don’t have to give up everything if they start saving something today.

  5. Replace Worries With A Plan: Save Early for College Tuition

    Saving for College TuitionAre you worried about saving for your child’s college tuition? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey shows that more than 80% of parents have at least one worry about saving for their child’s future college tuition.