Busting the College Planning Lies
Make smarter and more rewarding decisions about your future with practical—yet outside-the-box—answers to your most important questions about ongoing education.
Avoid common pitfalls of saving and preparing for college
Learn one of the best (and often unheard of) ways to fund your education
Forge a path to find a meaningful and purpose-driven career
Your next steps are crucial. Make them count.
Are you planning your future, but the road ahead looks foggy? When entering college, many people fall into devastating traps they didn’t see coming.
It happens all the time: Students graduate high school, excited to enter college. Yet sadly, many leave saddled with unmanageable debt they didn’t fully realize they were getting into. Worse yet, they still feel misguided and uncertain about how to forge a meaningful career.
Make your next steps clear with this easy-to-read yet insightful book that sheds light on how to get true value and purpose from ongoing education.
- A brief history of the college paradigm, how you can take advantage of its strengths, and avoid its shortcomings
- The true cost of college and how to prepare for a life of learning
- Common myths people believe about saving for college and how to create a strategy that will work for you
- How to cut costs of ongoing education while taking full advantage of what it has to offer
- How to align your pursuit of education with what truly fulfills you
This book is for you if you’re:
- Someone who’s preparing to pursue continuing education
- A currently enrolled college student
- A parent or loved one of someone who’s considering college or is currently enrolled
We designed this book to help students and their loved ones rethink how they’ll fund their education.
Busting the College Planning Lies is broken into sections that encourage students to make their education work for them and sections that directly speak to parents/guardians on how they can help their loved ones prepare for continuing education and beyond.
Ideally, the book should be read by both parent and child to generate fruitful discussion that could positively change the course of the student’s financial plans, educational pursuits, and even career trajectory.
About the authors
Kim D. H. Butler
Whatever your path in life, I encourage you to adopt one lesson above all else: to humble yourself as a beginner. In order to be a true “lifelong learner,” you must at some points become a beginner all over again.
There will be new technology, new methods, and new interests that you discover over the course of your life. You can either accept that there is a learning curve and remain curious, or you get left behind.
Thankfully, I’ve had a wonderful support system to help me unearth and put words to this “lifelong learning” message. If you are always learning, you’re always growing. And hopefully, if you’re always growing, you’re always channeling that growth into serving the world and your community–whatever that looks like for you.
I believe that this is the recipe for an amazing human being. If my own work can do one thing, it is to activate lifelong service in order to prevent millions of wasted lives.
Elizabeth P. Hagenlocher
That being said, funding college wasn’t easy. I had the privilege of a family who wanted to help fund my education, which started with a 529 plan from my grandparents. Unfortunately, much of that account was wiped out in the 2008 recession. By the time I actually got to college, I knew I was in for some pretty significant debt. I had support along the way, but I knew I wanted to be responsible for my own education costs.
Post-college, I don’t regret my decision. College helped me to become a better thinker, writer, and artist. I met some of the best friends I have. I traveled and had experiences I’ll hold close to my heart forever. I do, however, wish I had been better prepared for the “what next” of paying student loans and navigating adult life. I might have made some different financial choices along the way.
While I can confidently say that the path I walked, despite the challenges, was right for me, I know others who have regrets. Ultimately, I want this book to be a guide for the kids who don’t yet know what they want, so they can find more clarity.
For parents, I hope this offers practical solutions to support, guide, and ultimately champion the path your child chooses for their future. Success has many faces and many paths.