First, the kind of news that causes families everywhere to wonder what the future holds:
--The average 2014 college graduate with student-loan debt owes
--About 70 percent of this year's college graduates are leaving with student loans, compared to less than half of the graduates two decades before.
So, to recap: college debts are large and growing, and sharply more graduates are leaving with debt than in the past.
On the plus side of the ledger, these points give hope:
--A Gallup poll of 30,000 grads finds future happiness in jobs and careers is barely influenced by whether you attend an elite (and expensive) campus.
Much larger determinants of success are whether students feel support from faculty, have experiences such as internships that relate to their chosen field of study, and are engaged in campus life. Fortunately, access to all of these experiences can be found on the affordable college campuses in our region.
--Options for saving for college include one highly regarded option, MOST --
This month, participants in MOST 529 Plans can apply for a dollar-for-dollar match on their contributions -- up to
To find out more, enroll or apply for a grant match, visit most529grant.org or call (800) 992-8790.
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