Most parents would agree that a good education is vital to their children’s hopes of finding a good career. However the recent rises in the cost of school, college and university fees, on top of increasing living costs globally, have taken a generation of parents by surprise.
The importance of planning well ahead to help your children avoid large debts in the future is clearer than ever before.
Yet, a good education can be a stepping stone to a satisfying career, higher earnings and a self-sufficient future, so the end results often justify the expense.
There are seven vital questions you need to ask yourself:-
• Are your children likely to want to go to university?
• Do your children have special talents that need nurturing at a particular kind of school?
• Do you have a savings plan in place?
• Will those savingsbe enough to combat the effects of inflation and low interest rates as well as rising education costs?
• Could education system changes in the region you expect to send your child to lead to costs dramatically increasing?
• Are you confident that your savings are in an economically stable environment?
• How do you keep control of savings against different tax regimes and widely varied national laws?
For example the current 2022 Foundation fees at the UK's Manchester University (one of the 24 Russell Group of universities) are listed below. You will note that dependent upon the course your son or daughter embarks upon will dictate the fees to be applied. These fees currently range from GBP 20,000 per annum for a non-laboratory degree course up to GBP 26,000 per annum for a biosciences degree.
Courses will generally take 3 years to complete.
Parents also need to factor for the additional expenses of food, accommodation, travel and all of the ancilliary costs a young student incurs. These additional expenses can easily pass GBP 11,000 per annum.
As you will appreciate a 3 year university degree course can very easily cost £100,000 / US$150,000.
Unless you are very fortunate to have capital sums available to fund a college or university degree, you will need to consider saving monies on a regular basis to meet college and degree course fees in addition to the accommodation and ancilliary expenses that run alongside college and university courses.
Remember too that you should also factor in the costs of student medical insurance.
Even a standard education now comes at a price.
if your children have a unique talent that needs a more specialist education, the costs can be very high indeed.
The UK's Manchester University 2022 fees above illustrate this point all too well.
Being clear as early as possible about the type of education your children will require, will hopefully put you in a much better financial position to save the desired sum to cover the costs of either college or university fees.
Don’t look to the short term in respect of education. Fees now will be vastly more expensive in 10 years’ time.
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