My wife made me attend the College Funding Workshop at my son Kirk’s high school. I did not like being dragged out of my nice, warm home that night and was extremely skeptical that this guy, Skip, could do anything to help my family.
I decided if I had to be there, I would shut up and listen. As the workshop progressed, I found what I had thought to be true about a number of issues was incorrect. I had been convinced due to our financial status that Kirk would simply have to attend one of our lower-cost, in-state public schools here in New Hampshire: either UNH, Plymouth, or Keene.
By the time the workshop concluded, my brain was alive with the idea that maybe, just maybe, Kirk could go to one of the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) schools he had dreamed of attending.
To make a long story short, Kirk is now attending Bates College in Maine. Even though Bates’ tuition at $60,000 per year is more than twice the in-state tuition at UNH, I’m actually paying almost $3000 less out-of-pocket each year.
All Kirk and I can say, and we will tell anyone who will listen, is thanks.