College Finance 101 Cary NC

Okay, your child has been accepted into several colleges and has likely made a decision by this point on what college they will attend - so what next? You now need to help your child learn about how to manage a banking account as well as credit cards. That means both parents and students need to approach the college financial scene with unprecedented caution. Here are several things you should focus on as soon as possible.

Jeff Seymour
Triangle Wealth Management LLC
(919) 654-7321
1000 Centre Gren Way
Cary, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®

Chad Smith
Financial Symmetry, Inc.
(919) 851-8200 ext 202
1511 Sunday Dr. Suite 120
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Erin Campbell
Beacon Financial Strategies
(919) 321-8625
8376 Six Forks Road, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Tax Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Holly Nicholson
Financial Planning Services, Inc.
(919) 676-2806
700 Exposition Place, #131
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Craig Schmith
Craig Schmith
(919) 272-5054
2530 Meridian Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Allison Berger
Financial Symmetry, Inc.
(919) 851-8200 ext 202
1511 Sunday Dr. Suite 120
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Michael Palmer
Trust Company of the South
(919) 781-8287
3600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 210
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Chip Hymiller
Beacon Financial Strategies
(919) 321-8625
8376 Six Forks Road, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Financial Issues Between Generations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Edward Fulbright
Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA
(919) 544-0398
5302 NC Highway 55, Suite 104
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Jennifer Lazarus
Lazarus Financial Planning
(919) 321-0606
5614 Welkin Court
Durham, NC
Expertises
Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

College Finance 101

Okay, your child has been accepted into several colleges and has likely made a decision by this point on what college they will attend - so what next? You now need to help your child learn about how to manage a banking account as well as credit cards. That means both parents and students need to approach the college financial scene with unprecedented caution. Here are several things you should focus on as soon as possible:

Start managing credit and debit cards before school starts: The time to start managing credit and bank accounts isn’t freshman year. While a teenager won’t build a credit history as an authorized user on a parent’s card, it’s good to get a little practice using it under a parent’s watchful eye. When a child goes on to college, the challenge will be looking for the best credit card offer amongst many and managing that credit responsibly.

Setting a budget as early as possible for basic expenses: Until the student gets to school it will be tough to tell what actual expenses will be, but it won’t hurt to set a tentative budget that involves taking full account of the student’s savings, the parents’ (and possibly the grandparents’) contribution to everyday expenses and any planned income from work-study or other sources. Go here
for a template of a budget written specifically for college students.

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