It’s a big season of transitions for our family: my younger son is entering his senior year in high school and just got his braces off.
His brother, the Older, just left for college.
The Younger’s graduation next spring will mark the end of a significant leg of our family’s “march” towards higher education: one of our four children has attended the (wonderful) private school that’s near our house for sixteen consecutive years, which is, I believe, the last time we took a vacation. Our attic now houses an unrivaled collection of out of date calculus texts and half destroyed copies of Lord of the Flies.
The Older is attending a prestigious (expensive) university, and we have just taken out the first in a series of unsecured loans from the government, which we will pay back for the rest of our lives at seven and a half percent interest. If you want to play this game, you want to be either very rich (stroking a twenty eight thousand dollar check twice a year is no big deal) or very poor (the elite schools will give you an almost full ride).
My Unsolicited Advice: the second the little stripe turns whatever color it turns when you’re pregnant – that’s when you need to start thinking about college, and thats when you should start visiting “College Confidential”.
My wife has become the Obi Wan Kenobi of college admissions (did I mention the Younger will be a senior?!?), and this site has become indispensable.
How about you – if you know of any great sites/resources for planning/paying for college, let me know in the comments.