An education is one of the most valuable investments we can make. It is an investment that endures recessions, cannot be destroyed and provides countless benefits. Additionally, it is an investment in our most important asset: ourselves. With the recent economic trouble many adults are choosing to return to school. Whether full-time or part-time, resident or on-line, the opportunities for pursuing higher education are more abundant now than ever before.
An education is also one of the greatest gifts a child can be given. It is one of the few gifts that will continue to benefit a child throughout their lifetime. More often than not, the average college graduate will earn more than double what an individual with only a high school education will earn.
While the benefits of a college education are obvious, finding the ability to finance it may not be. The average costs of a college education continue to rise between 5% and 8% annually; this is faster than wages are increasing. The safest, most secure way to ensure funding for a college education is to begin saving early. For those families fortunate enough to get a head start, this is the best option. For those who don’t have the luxury of time, there are many other ways of achieving this goal. Many families end up combining a number of the techniques.