We recently sent off our oldest daughter to college. I'd like to share a few things from that experience. Whether you're a parent saving for your own children's college educations or a grandparent helping an adult child work through this issue for grandchildren, there's no manual that tells you all need to know about colleges and financial aid.
Our family focused on finding the best-possible institution that wouldn't get my daughter--or us--into long-term debt. That's quite a challenge since the average student debt upon graduation today is $35,000, according to Edvisors.com, a highly useful college information site.