The Price of a Higher EducationIt's no secret that the costs of college are increasing steadily each year. In fact, they are actually rising more rapidly than the prices of other goods and services. This is not a new phenomenon. The best way for families to prepare is to start early and be consistent with their savings and investments.
A few facts from the experts at the College Board, in their Trends in College Pricing report on the cost of a college education today:
Wondering about projected costs for 18 years from now?If you have time on your side, that is great news! You can prepare now for costs down the road. Below is a projection of what costs will be to send a child to a four-year college, with tuition and room and board.
529 plan portfolios may invest in stock and bond investments. Stock investment values fluctuate in response to the activities of individual companies and general market and economic conditions. Bond investment values fluctuate in response to the financial condition of individual issuers, general market and economic conditions, and changes in interest rates. In general, when interest rates rise, bond investment values fall and investors may lose principal value. Consult a program description for additional information on these and other risks. However, don't let the rising costs scare you. Our Tools Section can provide you with valuable tips for planning your college investing strategy.
For more information about college costs, please visit the College Board report, Trends in College Pricing.