August 21, 1998
Back to School, Fool

Paying for College

Few things in life scare us, excite us, and shape our lives as much as the choice of what we do after we finish high school... unless of course we become safari scouts, ivory poachers, or astronauts. Hey, we Fools have been there (to college, that is, not to Kenya). And now we're here to help you get through it, too.

Whether you've just had your first munchkin and want to know how to invest for her future, you're a senior in high school and your folks haven't saved a dime, or you're 45 and think it's time you finally finished your degree -- we've got some Foolish wisdom for you.

Some of us are fresh out of Harvard. Some are fresh out of carrots but are planning to go to the supermarket sometime this weekend. Some did the community college gig. Some never even started school until after our kids were grown -- and by then, of course, we got lots of strange looks from the other kindergartners. But one thing on which we can all agree is that there are two things on which we all agree: learning is one of our great loves, and it's never too early to start planning for it or too late to start doing it.

In this collection of 13 articles representing our thoughts on whether a private school education is worth it, you'll learn how to find those off-the-wall scholarships no one knows about as well as strategies for how to pay in-state tuition at a state-sponsored university when you've never even set foot in that state. In short, we have ideas on how to make the most of your education and your education dollars.

This article is part of a larger collection. Please click here to learn more about Paying for College and return to this page so you can continue with our Back to School, Fool feature.

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