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Who's Paying for College

How to Have the ‘Tuition Talk’ with Your Parent (or Student)

In a recent study done by Wakefield Research for Thrivent, the majority of college students surveyed (70%) wished they’d talked to their parents more about college costs and funding. For 72% of students, discussions about their college costs cause more tension in their families than discussions about their grades, or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores.

When it comes to paying for college, the family who plans together often saves together. An open conversation now gives everyone a chance to ask questions, share concerns and expectations, and get on the same page so you can avoid a lot of tension and stress down the road.

There are must-ask college-cost questions parents and students need to discuss when kids are in high school. Use the College Costs Family Discussion Guide to help you start the conversation and stay on track.

Use the Guide