My sister is a first time Mom, having a sweet baby girl has made her think about things and for us as sisters to have conversations that in all honesty, I never thought I would be having with my little sister. The other night on the phone we discussed saving for Olivia’s college tuition; Olivia is my baby niece. The talk was based on setting up a savings account for Baby Olivia as a way for not only them to try to save any extra change they can for their first and only child, but as a way to have family help save for Olivia’s college fund as well. With a savings account being setup, anyone could access it to deposit towards Olivia’s future, right?!
This idea of having a college tuition savings account makes perfect sense, here I am with my oldest nearing the age of 11 with no savings and no idea on how I would afford her college let alone her two little brothers college tuition. Getting yourself setup as soon as the thought crosses your mind to save for college is better than never setting up a funding source for your child’s college tuition.
GradSave is an online college registry which allows families to create a profile for their child that can be linked to a 529 college savings plan. Parents can then share their GradSave profile on social media sites or email their friends and relatives who can then gift directly to the child’s college fund. <— This is the perfect idea for my sweet niece Olivia. It’s a way for my sister to gain an account that she wishes to have for her sweet baby girl while allowing for family to give a gift of savings towards college tuition with GradSave gift cards each holiday.
What’s more is that you can actually setup to have a monthly auto-billing in place to send a specific amount each month to your child’s plan, in turn saving for your child’s college plans without even thinking twice about it. GradSave is not only a fantastic tool to encourage families to work together to save for our next generations education but also makes the process so easy, it’s as if it’s a no brainer process for parents to start encouraging college savings within their circle of family and friends.
Each year when your child’s birthday rolls around you can share their unique GradSave profile URL within each invite so that family and friends can give a gift that lasts longer than the latest trinket or electronic gift.
I am a high school graduate who completed about two years of online college courses. As an attempt to further my Education and pursue my love of administrator I started working on my Bachelors in Business Management with online courses but alas I had to put that dream on pause while I raised my first born son and then on pause even longer to raise my second born son. I may or may not go back an finish courses when my children are older but for now I am happy with all that I have learned through experience.
There are many places to get your degree online and really with a busy life of a work at home parent I feel online courses are the easiest and most convenient methods to work on getting your degree. Walden University is just one of many places you can purse your education at. I wonder what type of degree you are interested in?
While I was looking for places to get my degree I came across The Chronicle which, to my surprise, also had job listings. I don’t know if there are any listings for you but my feelings are where there’s a job board then there’s a chance you may find something. These days jobs are hard to come by!
So I end this blog post with a question; did you get a college education? Are you going to make your child go to college or do you feel it should be a decision they make based on what’s best for them?
About two years ago I started my venture towards a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at an online college and shortly after Baby K was born I realized that there was no way in the world I was keeping up with all that I had on my plate as Mom of three in addition to keeping up with my business and other ventures I enjoy doing. The degree itself was something I had always wanted, and it was sad to know I had to put it on the back burner for a few years.
The thing that I don’t miss from taking online courses is the term papers, seriously I love writing if given an interesting subject but if you hand me a topic that is of little interest to me I will be sitting on my butt racking my brain for hours on end trying to write something that sounds educated.
So when I head back to college to finish my degree I sure hope that someone else can write my term papers or that I take courses that are of high interest to me!
What is or was the worse part of school for you? What do you or did you love the most?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are 100% that of my own.