Future costs: Schools putting focus on early college planning


Franklin father Steve Dahl wants to help pay for his daughter ten-year-old Sophia's college costs one day, and is reviewing his savings options. Dahl, who manages a record store in Columbus, doesn't trust savings plans that involve the stock market, so for now any money he saves is going into a savings account. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Melanie Kramp is working at two restaurants and Tim Kramp is working as a welder. The pair are hopeful the extra money they are making will be enough to help pay for their 10-year-old daughter Trisha Kramp's college. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Schools want students to start thinking earlier about where they’ll go to college and what they’ll study, but first they have to educate both the students and their parents.

At Creekside Elementary School and other Franklin schools, counselors and teachers start talking with students in every grade about what kind of job they might want when they grow up, and the type of education they’ll need. School officials want students to know early that they might need anywhere from two years of technical training or a doctorate after they graduate high school in order to get their dream jobs. Schools also start taking students on field trips to area colleges to show them early that they have college options within an hour of home, Creekside Elementary counselor Samantha Vidal said.

Elementary school counselors have also started talking with students’ parents to encourage them to start saving now for college, which at state universities, such as Indiana University or Purdue University, can cost more than $20,000 per year.

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