7 Essential Tips to Reduce College Costs

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Over the last 20 years, public college tuition has rocketed nearly 180%, according to the Education Data Initiative. And that doesn’t include the cost of books, food, housing and other living expenses.

So it could cost your kids tens of thousands of dollars to get their degree. It could also mean starting adult life with debilitating debt.

Fortunately, there are workarounds to high costs and soul-sucking debt. And that’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s podcast.

As usual, host Stacy Johnson is joined by financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Listening in and sometimes contributing is producer Aaron Freeman. This week’s special guest is Brad Baldridge, one of the nation’s leading college planning experts and the founder of the website Taming the High Cost of College.

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What are some issues surrounding the cost of college?

Why is college so expensive, anyway? We discuss the realities surrounding the cost of getting a college education. It’s not just tuition but other costs as well. Let’s take a look at what you can expect when it comes to paying for college and review issues related to attending college.

Steps to making the most of your college career

Planning ahead can make a huge difference in how much you pay for college—and whether you end up drowning in student loan debt. Our resources can help you plan ahead.

Do you need to spend a lot on college to make good money?

Before you break your budget going to school for a long time, take a step back. You might be able to get a good job with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree—no need for a 4-year or advanced degree. There are even good jobs that don’t require a degree. Check out our articles on these career paths.

Meet this week’s guest, Brad Baldridge

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Brad Baldridge is one of the nation’s leading college financial experts. He teaches families the best ways to plan, save and pay for college so they can make their children’s college dreams come true without wiping out their finances or their retirement.

For more than 20 years, he has shared his expertise and insights through his private practice, as a blogger and host of the Taming the High Cost of College Podcast, and as a presenter at numerous workshops and seminars.

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About the hosts

Stacy Johnson founded Money Talks News in 1991. He’s a CPA, and he has also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.

Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a financial expert, writer and speaker. She’s been covering personal finance and investing topics for almost 20 years. When not writing and podcasting, she enjoys travel, reading and the outdoors.

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