Planning Ahead: Paying for College

Get beyond the piggy bank and start planning how to pay for college

It’s no secret that the cost of going to college has skyrocketed over the last 20 years. If you want to see how much, the National Center for Education Statistics spells it out alarmingly clearly. The cost of attending our hometown college, University of Iowa, has increased by 138% since the year 2000

So, what’s a mom to do? Plan ahead. Start saving for college. Then, when the time comes, get ready to apply for financial aid. 

I’ve rounded up some of the great posts on the Iowa City Moms Blog that will help you learn more about how to get ready for paying for college, including getting started with college savings and understanding what you’ll need to do in order to apply for financial aid. 

Getting Started with College Savings

College Savings: Which Plan is Best for Your Family?

What is this FAFSA thing, and do I have to do it? {FAFSA FAQs}


Laura is a mom of three who works full-time from home as a Development Director for a children’s charity. Laura grew up in Maryland, spent her 20s living in Southern California and South Carolina, and has spent her 30s in Iowa, moving to Iowa City in 2010. Laura loves dancing, reading, baking, and music. She and her husband Ryan started dating in college (gasp – about 20 years ago!) and they have been sharing life’s adventures ever since. Their biggest adventure is, of course, parenthood. With three kids, the action is non-stop - which is just the way Laura likes it. Laura sometimes gives a good impression of having it all together, but she forgets about school picture day, drops her kid off on the wrong day for birthday parties, and those are just the things she’s not too embarrassed to tell you about. She makes some killer chocolate chip cookies, though, and hopes that might make up for the rest.


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