Your child’s education can be paid with scholarships.
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The financial fallacy in this statement lies in the assumption that scholarships will completely cover all costs associated with higher education. The reality is that not every student will qualify or receive enough scholarship money to pay for their education in full. Even the most academically gifted students may not receive a full ride, as the availability of scholarships is often competitive and limited. Scholarships also don’t always cover every expense, such as books, supplies, transportation, and living expenses.

We can easily be seduced by the idea of scholarships due to their glamour and appeal. Scholarships are often marketed as the key to a free education, and many of us naturally want to do everything we can to give our children the best start in life. This desire, coupled with the fear and confusion around saving for education, can make the idea of a scholarship a tempting escape route.

The right financial behavior should involve strategic planning. Parents should develop a diversified financial plan for their child’s education that is not wholly dependent on receiving scholarships. This could include saving, investing in an education savings plan (like a 529 plan in the U.S.), or considering other options like grants, student loans or work-study programs. Planning ahead and saving can reduce financial stress and increase choices when the time for college arrives.

Further readings on this topic include:

  1. “Paying for College Without Going Broke” by Kalman Chany. Book Link. A comprehensive guide to navigating the financial process of attending college, going beyond relying solely on scholarships.

  2. “Trends in Student Aid” CollegeBoard. An in-depth report reflecting on trends and statistics related to student aid, including scholarships and grants.

  3. “Tuition payments” - Wikipedia. This page provides a wide overview on understanding the world of tuition payments and potential financing sources.

  4. “Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents” by Zac Bissonnette. Book Link. While the title could create a misconception, the content emphasizes on the importance of financial planning for education, scholarships being a part of it but not the whole.

  5. “7 Smart Ways to Pay for College” - Kiplinger.