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Pay for College without Sacrificing Your Retirement - Book Review

Aug 10, 2012

Retirement and your children's college costs are the two most expensive things you will ever have to pay besides your mortgage. They have in common the large amount of cash needed to save and also the needed time frame to accomplish the goal. Most people do not have a clue where to start or what tools are available.

The book and the authors teachings lay out a plan that first shows you what needs to be done and then how to do it.

Every year the cost of college goes up, and every year families struggle harder to meet these rising costs. "Pay for College without Sacrificing Your Retirement" offers help for taking on the double challenge of paying for your children's college education and saving for your retirement. It shows how to maximize your resources, evaluate colleges and financial aid opportunities, avoid crushing student debt, make the tax system work for you, and save for retirement. The book offers essential information for families at all income levels.

 The author, Tim Higgins, is a Certified Financial Planner(tm), Certified College Planning Specialist, graduate of Wesleyan University, and manages his own financial planning practice in Southborough, MA. He has appeared on The Lou Dobbs show, MSNMoney, CNNMoney, and in Money Magazine and SmartMoney magazine. His website is

This book showed me that I was not saving for retirement in a meaningful way. While I was saving enough for college, I was actually sacrificing my own retirement future. The author lays out a plan to do both.

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 out of 5 stars product image
The specs of 'Pay for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement: A Guide to Your Financial Future' are:
  • Publisher: Bay Tree Publishing (2008-04-01)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972002189
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9x5.9x0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Here are some REAL customer reviews:

"A must-read for anyone who is planning to contribute to their child's college costs, regardless of income level."
It changed my approach to paying for college. WPrepaid College Planse have been faithfully putting money into our children's college funds and funding our retirement, but this book really opened my eyes to the big picture by asking two important questions,"How close...Read more
"Excellent book"
"I read this book both as a CPA who has many clients ask me about financial aid and as a father of 2 children. In both regards, this book was excellent. The author starts with a wise premise, that your retirement and putting your kids through college are...Read more
"Financial Aid Officer perspective on Tim Higgin's paying for college..."
"It has been reported that student loan dept has now surpassed credit card debt. After spending ten years as a Financial Aid Officer, this is no surprise to me. In my opinion this country is going to have round two of the sub-prime mortgage crisis with the...Read more

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This book brings together in one resource two topics that are inextricably linked; paying for retirement and college. It helped answer many of the remaining questions I had after reading other books on college OR retirement. My personal recommendation if you have a child (or children) is to read this book and implement his strategies. By far the best money I have spent on a book for navigating the shoals of retirement AND college.

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