Some parents are so nervous about the future cost of a college education that they never start saving. Their reaction is understandable. Estimates for the price of a college education in 18 years don't so much inspire sticker shock as sticker near heart attack.But experts say parents shouldn't worry about putting away enough to fully cover every college expense. Instead, shake off those doubts and just get your savings started. Cutting a few dollars out of your monthly budget, here and there, and investing can add up to an important contribution.
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"There's no more important time to start than when a child is young," says Joan Marshall, executive director of Maryland's college savings plan and chair of the College Savings Plan Network (CollegeSavings.org). "The younger a child is, the more time that gives them to save, and that reduces the amount they have to borrow later."
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