How Can You Save for College?

March 4, 2024 Mark Riepe
What financial tools and strategies are available to those planning for college expenses?
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Figuring out how to cover college expenses often means navigating a bewildering range of options, programs, and plans. As the financial burden of higher education grows, so does the decision-making complexity for those pursuing a degree. Some even wonder whether college is still a worthwhile investment. On this episode of Financial Decoder, Mark Riepe discusses the variables around saving and paying for college with Senior Research Analyst Chris Kawashima. 

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