By Glen McCall
June 20, 2023

It’s not too late

College costs are soaring, and student debt is a burden on young adults. Start saving early.

Okay, maybe it’s too late for your senior, but there is still time for your younger ones.

Saving for college is becoming increasingly important in today’s world. College tuition fees are rising yearly, and student debt is becoming a serious problem for many young adults. Without savings, some students may be limited in their educational options or be forced to forgo higher education altogether.

It’s never too early to start saving for college, and there are a number of reasons why it’s important to do so.

The cost of college is only going to increase in the future

According to, the average cost of attendance for a student living on campus at a private four-year college in the United States was over $54,500 in the 2021-22 academic year. $218,000 over four years! This means that if you have a child starting college in 10 or 15 years, you can expect to pay even more than this.

Student loan debt is a severe problem that can follow young adults for years after graduation

In 2021 alone, the average student loan debt for a college graduate in the United States was over $38,000. This debt can limit their ability to buy a house, start a business, or pursue other goals after graduation. By saving for college, you can help your child avoid too much debt and give them a better start to their adult life.

Saving for college can be a great way to teach your children about financial responsibility

You can teach them the importance of budgeting, saving, and investing by involving them in the process. It’s also an opportunity to teach them about the value of education and the sacrifices parents make to give their children a better future.

The financial strain on parents

Parents who don’t save for college may have to use their retirement savings or take on debt to help their children pay for college. This can put them in a difficult financial position later in life.

Reach out to your local banker or financial advisor. They love what they do and are there to help answer your questions. There are several ways to save for college, including 529 plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, and custodial accounts. Each option has advantages and disadvantages, and it’s essential to research before deciding which one is right for you.

Saving for college is important, and you could be setting yourself up for severe consequences by not saving. If parents can’t afford to pay for college and students can’t afford to pay for it on their own, this can create tension and stress during a time that should be exciting and full of possibilities.

It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s education. By doing so, you can avoid common pitfalls and ensure your child has the best possible educational opportunities. This gives them a better start in life and teaches them important lessons about financial responsibility.

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About Glen McCall

Glen McCall leads First United Bank’s Oklahoma City and Edmond Markets and its purpose to inspire and empower others to Spend Life Wisely.

Glen is a graduate of Eckerd College, earning his degree in Business Management and ABA’s Commercial Lending School at SMU.

Glen serves his community through Scouting and Santa Fe Presbyterian Church in Edmond.

Glen resides in Edmond, OK with his wife of 27 years, Tracie, a Special Ed. Teacher, and their 3 sons. His free time is spent at his sons’ football games, band competitions and swim meets.