As college tuition costs continue to rise, more and more grandparents are helping to foot the bill, according to a recent AIG SunAmerica Mutual Funds survey. Of 1,000 grandparents questioned, 54% were, or planned on, contributing to their grandchildren’s college education. Twenty-five percent of those surveyed said they expected to pay between 25% and 50% of the costs, while another 20% planned to finance as much as 75%.
College tuition costs are expected to increase about 8% per year–which means college costs double every nine years, according to tuition guide FinAid Page, LLC (http://www.finaid.org/savings/tuition-inflation.phtml). And many parents are simply finding they do not have the financial resources necessary to underwrite their children’s choice of schools.