By Scott Arens for the Pioneer Review
The Parents Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) returns to Pierce Joint Unified School District (PJUSD) next week. I can’t say enough about this organization, its program, and its value. Find it on the web at http://piqe.org/. I am going to say that planning for my children’s college education started here. I heard the trainer say $25,000, and that put my mind into gear. The thought was that my education in the 1980s was somewhere in the $8k range. Everything has gone up over the years, so I could handle this increase, although it wasn’t to my liking. Then her next comment crashed my little world: per year! Back to the math in my head: $25,000 per year for 6.2 years (one study touts this as an average) for 3 kids = $465,000. The house I live in didn’t cost that much, and it’s more than adequate for the five of us. I couldn’t even sell it to fully finance their education! And so the nightmare that is college planning began for me!
Have you heard the phrase that no one plans to fail, they just fail to plan? The effort will take a lot of the nightmare out of college planning, and the more you learn, the less your pain. My goal is to get my children into the best colleges of their choice without going broke. The more time I spend educating myself and the more I know, the more of a reality achieving my goal becomes. Keep an eye out here in the Pioneer Review because I have more to share. I thank them for giving me the opportunity to help you get your plan together!
For those of you in the Pierce district, PIQE will have their first session at Johnson Junior High 6 PM to 7 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the school cafeteria. For those who are not, ask your district to get PIQE into your schools. The information presented will be a great start and a foundation for a college plan that will start taking the nightmare out of it. I have learned much since that first PIQE meeting; I plan to share as much of it as the Pioneer Review prints. Send me an email at Scott@ArensCP.com with questions, thoughts, or comments. It will be a help to me!■