Making Your Child’s College Dreams Come True


You want your child to dream big — and be whatever she or he wants to be. That bright future ahead is exciting, but it can also feel pretty overwhelming. Will my kids be prepared for college? What about the tuition costs? Those are two of the heftiest worries that weigh on parents’ minds when it comes to higher education. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to go it alone. Metro Parent’s Making Your Child’s College Dreams Come True, sponsored by MESP, offers support and resources to set you and your child up for less stress and more success. Our college planning checklists have you covered from grade school to high school, and our tips for affording college detail the methods, the deadlines and, of course, the scholarships. Get ready to be empowered — and help make your child’s dreams come true. And check back here often for even more college-prep content!

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College Planning Checklists

As students know, being prepared is essential to making the grade. The same goes for college planning. Our handy checklists break down the essentials at different grades, from honing study habits and exploring careers to standardized tests and application forms.

Middle School College Planning Checklist

Planning for college is easier the earlier you start. Discover some core ways to help your middle-school tween prepare for higher education.

High School Freshman College Planning Checklist

A new adventure is kicking off, but it's also prime time to start thinking about the next step.

High School Sophomore College Planning Checklist

It's year two, and your student is getting in a good grove.

High School Junior College Planning Checklist

From expectations to extracurriculars, not to mention big focus on college, junior year of high school can be intense.

Affording College

It’s never too early to start saving for college. That said, whatever your child’s age, there are many ways to fund and defray tuition. Discover the ins and outs of 529 savings plans, like MESP, along with scholarships, financial aid, grants and more.

Affording College Checklist for Students and Parents

The expenses can be big, but they're manageable with some planning and knowing your options. Explore this affording college checklist to get your bearings.

Scholarships for High School Students in Michigan

Looking for some free money to help pay for your child's college education? Here's a list of great scholarships for high school students in Michigan.

Small, Simple Steps to College Savings

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MESP, managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing Inc. on behalf of the Michigan Department of Treasury, is one of three Michigan Section 529 plans sold directly to families who are saving for college. MESP offers Michigan taxpayers a state income tax deduction on contributions and potential tax-free growth on earnings if account proceeds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. MESP can be used at any eligible college, university or trade school in the nation and some abroad for a variety of costs, including tuition, fees, certain room and board costs, books, supplies and equipment required for enrollment. Get more information about helping your child or grandchild afford their college dream with an MESP college savings account.