More parents are asking their children to help pay for a college education, according to a recent story by CNNMoney.
A study shows that the average family plans to pay 57 percent of college costs. Even though they plan and save for their child’s education, that percentage is closer to 30. To counteract the financial shortage, many parents are asking their children to help save for a higher education starting when they are as young as 13.
Some families are even refusing to address the issue and do not plan to contribute financially to their children's education.
How to localize:
Create a callout for responses in your community. Complement it with an online poll. From the responses, select a cross section of responses from parents who are paying all of the college costs to those who are paying half to those who feel it is the child’s responsibility to foot the bill.
Talk to financial planners and advisers about the best plan of attack when it comes to college costs. Is there a formula for success that stands above the rest?
Talk to college students. Are they attending the college of their choice, or one out of financial necessity? How many feel it is the parents' obligation to pay for college?
What is the percentage of high school graduates in your area that moves on to a four-year university? How many enroll at a community college?