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Importance of College Planning Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College? Attend a College Planning Seminar!

Welcome to Lighthouse College Planning!

College Planning is a comprehensive and sometimes stressful process.

Did you know…

  • 46% of students – don’t finish with a degree
  • 57% of students – take 6 years to finish a degree
  • 34% of students – don’t go back after freshman year
  • 33% of students – transfer colleges with fewer credits than they earned

How do you avoid being one of these statistics?  With proper college planning »


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–Don and Michelle F. 



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Your Emergency Fund: How Much Is Enough?

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Do Your Kids Know The Value of a Silver Spoon?

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Use this calculator to better see the potential impact of compound interest on an asset.

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Should You Tap Retirement Savings to Fund College?

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Keeping Up with the Joneses

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