Entries by BadAssMother


College Planning in a Pandemic???

Now that we’re tucked into our houses, apartments, or places of abode, either through quarantine or “stay-in-place” orders, enjoying the benefits of social distancing and at-home children, college planning likely occupies a lower position on the “honey-do” list than it once did.  Makes sense.   When considering the worldwide threat to our very existence and the […]


Disadvantages of 529 Plans

Introduced in the mid-1990s, 529 Plans remain the flavor of the day.  Touted by Wall Street, financial advisors, and the main-stream media, families that try to save typically utilize a 529 Plan. While the positives of a 529 Plan are the ability to invest in “high-return” assets, to avoid taxes on gains, and to use […]


Save for College Now

Earning a college degree remains a major achievement.  The greater the level of education, the greater the likelihood of a good job and decent income. The clock begins at birth, providing 18 years to prepare.  Yet, families just aren’t preparing.  Of those that do, most have saved less than one year’s cost of attendance. The […]


High School GPA may be the Greatest Predictor of Collegiate Success

According to a recent study published in the Educational Researcher, high school GPAs are five times stronger than ACT scores at predicting collegiate success.  Further, the study revealed that the predictive power remains consistent across high schools.  Moreover, while the relationship between ACT scores and collegiate success depends on the high school attended, at times […]

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Don’t Base Your College Search on Sticker Price…

We have found that both parents and students immediately will eliminate a possible school based solely on “sticker price” – the cost of attendance published by the particular institution.  And, while the 4-year cost of an education, ranging from $92,000 – $300,000 or more (depending on the institution), represents perhaps the largest lifetime investment parents […]