1. Developing a Save-for-College Plan With Your Children

    Teenage Girl in ClassroomThe role your kids can play and what they need to know.

    Parents of a child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2013 (the Class of 2026) can expect to pay an average of $44,161 a year for college, or a total of $176,646, for four years at an in-state public institution.

    Developing a plan for saving for college is essential. The first step to helping your child get through college with minimal debt is to start early and make saving a priority. CNNMoney states, “Investing just $100 a month for 18 years will yield $48,000, assuming an 8 percent average annual return.”

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  2. Enter Our “Inspired Reading Giveaway” for a Chance to Win a Gerber Life College Plan!

    Gerber Life Inspired Reading GiveawayEveryone has a favorite childhood book – the one you read time and again as a child, which inspired your imagination or piqued your curiosity. In the U.S. today, more than 16 million children living in poverty don’t have ready access to books. In an effort to help change this, Gerber Life is partnering with Reading is Fundamental (RIF), a non-profit organization that promotes reading for children, to encourage people to “unite” in support of childhood literacy.

  3. Benefits of the Gerber Life College Plan

    Young Woman Starting CollegeFamily budgets often can be stretched to the limit, so when planning for a child’s college education, parents may feel overwhelmed by the challenge.

    Just because a college degree is expensive it doesn’t mean you can’t make college dreams a reality. The Gerber Life College Plan1 is a safe way to start your child on the path to that prized diploma – or diplomas, if you’re raising more than one child.

  4. Do Series EE Bonds Offer Any Special Advantage if Used to Save for College?

    Children Doing School WorkThere are many ways to save for a child’s college education and maximize the funds with such tax-sheltered savings as Series EE Bonds.

    A Series EE Bond also known as a Patriot Bond is a low-risk investment whose earnings are usually subject to Federal income taxes. However, a savings bond education tax exclusion makes it possible for U.S. taxpayers to cash in bonds tax-free, when the money earned is used to pay for qualified higher education expenses in the same year that the bonds are redeemed. Examples of qualified education expenses include tuition and fees, but exclude room, books and board.

  5. Enter to Win a Gerber Life College Plan!

    Calling all paGerber Life College Plan Giveawaysrents and grandparents: You can help make your child’s dream for the future come true by entering the Gerber Life College Plan1  giveaways for a chance to win a Gerber Life College Plan.

    What does your child or grandchild want to be when he or she grows up?  A teacher, a nurse, a scientist or anything he or she dreams of being. Very likely a college education will be needed to make that dream become a reality.