The Pipeline - Future Daze

The cost for one year of tuition and fees varies widely among colleges. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2013–2014 school year was $42,224 at private colleges, $21,447 for state residents at public colleges and $33,973 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.*
A college education is a great investment in your future.  Unfortunately, it is also a very expensive investment. Here are some tips to help you plan for this worth-while venture:

Start saving now.
The sooner you save, the more time you have for your money to grow. In addition to a regular savings account, you may want to consider some long-term investment options:


Study hard.
If you earn good grades, you will increase your options for college and may also be eligible for scholarships in the future.

Learn about financing options.
Go to to explore information about scholarships, loans, savings goals and much more. Some scholarship opportunities may even be at your back door!

Define your career goals early.
Different schools are geared towards specific courses of study.

  • Community college courses are often less expensive than those offered by four year educational institutions. 
  • Depending on the institution, community college credits may often transfer to other colleges and universities. 
Beach Municipal FCU can help you formulate a solid strategic financial plan in order to make your educational goals much more attainable through high school graduation and beyond!

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* Costs based on 2013-2014 figures from the College Board