College Finance 101 Durham 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.

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®

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
2530 Meridan Parkway, Suite 300
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Deborah Frazier
Frazier Financial Consultants
(919) 929-6940
109 Conner Drive, Suite 205
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Benjamin Birken
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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®

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

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

Bedda D'Angelo
Fiduciary Solutions
(919) 806-4942
75408 Rowan
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

James Miller
Woodward Financial Advisors, Inc.
(919) 929-2495 Ext: 3
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 105
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, 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®

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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