How to Pay for College


When I was in college, an administrator at the business school where I worked told me she needed to put away $700 a month to afford to send her newborn to her alma mater, Yale.

I nearly spit out my soda.

It’s only gotten worse.

As a father of 3, I’ve been forced to give this a lot of thought.  I share my tips on how to pay for college on my good friend Mandarin Mama’s blog.  She writes about homeschooling, teaching your children mandarin, and family finances.  Check out her site!

We’ll be back Thursday with how to have the “Money Talk” with your child. (I also might post a fun election picture from Douglas tomorrow)

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  • Lauren Fortenberry November 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Your opening story is so brief, yet so telling. Excited to read your guest post! 🙂

  • justmakingcentscom November 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you Lauren! While I have your attention, I want to ask you: what does NaNoWritMo mean ? (I think that’s the portmanteau you used in a recent post about writing in November)

    • Lauren Fortenberry November 8, 2016 at 12:09 am

      It’s one of those hip writer things to do 🙂 Traditionally, the ideas is to write for every day in the month of November – ideally 50,000 words by 11.30 (NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month). I don’t have that kind of time (or mental space), so I am aiming for a post each day this month – though I did fall short yesterday. Shhh…

  • ferncoll November 14, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Ooh this is so intriguing! I’ve been thinking a lot about how much debt my schooling put me in, so it will be interesting to hear your version of events.

    • justmakingcentscom November 14, 2016 at 12:31 am

      Thanks Fern! There’s an avalanche of school debt out there. School is more expensive, yet it’s not clear that it’s gotten better. You’ve given me the idea to write a post specifically about how to deal with your school debt once you already have it.

      Thanks for dropping by. Hope to see you again and look forward to reading more of your posts!


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