A college education ain’t cheap. And if you’re a parent with dreams of your baby boy or girl getting a degree past high school, it’s never too early to begin planning for the financial shocks that will accompany the paying for tuition, room and board, textbooks, etc. To help us out in that area, the College Savings Plans of Maryland program has scheduled “Parent Information Night” meetings through February and into March. The meetings are open to all Baltimore County parents who are considering a college education for their children.
All meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the dates and at the locations listed below.
- Monday, February 13: Cockeysville Middle School, 10401 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville
- Wednesday, February 15: Franklin Middle School, 10 Cockeysmill Road, Reisterstown
- Wednesday, February 22: Pine Grove Middle School, 9200 Old Harford Road, Parkville
- Thursday, February 23: Pikesville Middle School, 7701 Seven Mile Lane, Pikesville
- Tuesday, February 28: Loch Raven Technical Academy, 8101 LaSalle Road, Towson
- Wednesday, February 29: Catonsville Middle School, 2301 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, and, Deep Creek Middle School, 1000 S. Marlyn Avenue, Essex
- Wednesday, March 7: Perry Hall Middle School, 4300 Ebenezer Road, Perry Hall
The sessions will provide parents with information and application materials and are open to anyone interested in saving for a future college education.
For additional info, you can call program coordinators at 1-888-4MD-GRAD, or, check out their web site.
Additional Food for Thought:
Just in case you’re one of the great procrastinators, you may be interested in some college cost numbers provided by the National Center for Education Statistics which shared a report compiling college costs from the 2007 to 2008 school year.
The average cost of a four-year, non-profit private college is $35,000, while cost for four-year public college comes in at just under $14,000. The average annual tuition for a two-year public school is $7,000.
Public colleges have seen their tuition, room and board costs rise 30 percent from 1997. Private institutions have seen a 23 percent increase.
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