How to financially prepare for your child’s education

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Here is advice on how you can plan for your child’s future and how you can help them increase their potential opportunities. 

We all dream of a successful future for our children, but have you considered how you’ll pay for their education? It’s best to start planning early, but every rand counts, so late is better than never.

Here’s what to consider – from saving solutions to what jobs will help future-proof your little dreamer. Old Mutual has you covered.

The importance of planning

The global pandemic that turned 2020 on its head showed us the value of thinking ahead. While thousands of South Africans were left unemployed because of the national lockdown, a significant number of knowledge workers – people whose main asset is their knowledge – were able to continue working from home.

According to a recent study in the US, jobs that can be performed remotely tend to be more secure and better paid than jobs that require your physical presence.

Gaining knowledge through a good education remains the surest way to safeguard financial wellbeing, but it takes long-term planning on the part of parents
Karabo Ramookho, Strategic Retail Marketing Manager at Old Mutual

Research conducted by Cornell University showed that the demand for jobs that require specialised science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) qualifications is at an all-time high. At the same time, the cost of teaching STEM subjects is ballooning. STEM courses and degrees are often the most expensive for high schools and universities to produce.

"Gaining knowledge through a good education remains the surest way to safeguard financial wellbeing, but it takes long-term planning on the part of parents," says Karabo Ramookho, Strategic Retail Marketing Manager at Old Mutual.

“Moms and dads may appreciate it's the quality of education children receive before entering university that lays the foundation for their future success, but the costs of providing this quality education quickly add up,” Ramookho says.

 

Cost of education

The average cost of a year at a public primary school is currently R21 200 or about R2 120 a month if you pay over 10 months. If you choose to send your child to a private school, it’ll set you back R61 900 for the year or R6 190 per month. 

“This could be quite a significant portion of your monthly budget, if you don’t have any other financial provision to cover these costs and excludes any additional expenses for uniforms, stationery, technology requirements (like an iPad and regular data), extramural activities, sports or club fees and extra tuition,” Ramookho points out.

If you choose private high schooling, the costs soar to about R533 000 over the five-year period
 

"If your child starts Grade 8 this year, prepare to cover the costs of R183 900 for their five years of public high school. If you choose private high schooling, the costs soar to about R533 000 over the five-year period. In addition to this, you’ll need to fork out R230 600 for a three-year undergraduate degree or tertiary diploma,” says Ramookho.

She adds that if your son or daughter wants to specialise with an honours, masters or doctorate degree in the STEM field of their choice, you will need to add the costs of several more years of studying.

Planning makes it possible

“These figures can be daunting and reinforce why it is important for parents to start planning early for their children’s future,” Ramookho says. "With the right planning, advice and focus, it is possible to give your child a strong foundation that opens opportunities. As they say, the best time to start saving is when your child is born. The second-best time to start is today.”

 
An accredited financial adviser can look at your specific situation and help you find the best financial solutions.

No shortage of options

"Preparing children for the future world of work amid so much disruption and uncertainty is nerve-wracking for any parent, but what is clear is that it is the most significant gift you can give your child," Ramookho says. 

You can save and invest for your children's valuable education in various ways. An accredited financial adviser can look at your specific situation and help you find the best financial solutions.

Click here to get in touch with an accredited financial adviser.

Disclaimer

Article supplied by third-party client.

The material is not intended as and does not constitute financial or any other advice. 

The material does not take into account your personal financial circumstances. For this reason, it is recommended that you speak to an accredited broker or financial adviser to consider all your options and draw up a plan to achieve your financial goals.

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