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Georgia 411 site many students use to help determine which college is right for them Georgia 411 site many students use to help determine which college is right for them
Advisors suggest having a opening discussion with students about college costs and planning is important Advisors suggest having a opening discussion with students about college costs and planning is important
Woolbright feels any amount saved is worth giving to your child for their future Woolbright feels any amount saved is worth giving to your child for their future
Senior Riggins understands that planning and saving are the two most vital parts of further his education Senior Riggins understands that planning and saving are the two most vital parts of further his education
Counselor Knighton says she tries to be honest and realistic with students about costs Counselor Knighton says she tries to be honest and realistic with students about costs
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

"I've been looking at prices and they're pretty steep," says one Westover High School sophomore.

Steep is how many high school students and parents describe college tuition and its only going to get higher. School officials say every year it increases 6 to 10%, making 2014 graduates pay on average $15,000 for two semesters worth of study. That's why advisors encourage families to start saving now. For new parent, Colondra Woolbright, she's already been saving up for her child who is barely 4 months old.

"Even before she was born, I was already thinking about opening up a college fund," Woolbright said. "It was definitely something I had to think about, to make sure there's something there to get her started just in case she she doesn't get that scholarship or doesn't get that grant."

For Westover senior Dominique Riggins, it's a goal he's had since 9th grade and has him working a part-time job to cover future costs.

"We live in a world where education is important in everything we do," Riggins explains. " I just feel like I would rather go to school knowing that my funds an everything are taken care of, without having to worry about that."

Counselors say one of the easiest ways to prepare is to set up an online account through Georgia 411 or Path2College 529 plan, it allows families to invest funds into their child's tuition. Tracy Knighton feels its all about being proactive.

"I encourage students to get involved, to start the dual enrollment, to take advantage, to go on campus, to visit these colleges to see what they offer," Knighton shares.

Because having a strategy can make the difference.

"Stay on track not waiting till the last minute, the first day of high school is really the beginning, everything counts, everything counts," Riggins said.

Path2college 529 plan is launching a sweepstakes that will give away $25,000 to one Georgia student and their school, it started January 10th and will run until August 10.

25,000 reasons to save sweepstakes: https://www.path2college529.com/news/25000-reasons.shtml 

 

 

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