3 tuition bills, only $35,000 saved - how can this family pay for college?
Robert and Stefanie Fucci, 56 and 46, are planning to pay for their three daughters' college educations.
July 11th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

3 tuition bills, only $35,000 saved - how can this family pay for college?

By Donna Rosato, @Money

(MONEY Magazine) - Raising three daughters born within a five-year span, the Fuccis knew they'd face steep tuition bills one day. But saving was tough.

The family lives in high-cost Westchester County, where their property taxes have tripled over the past decade.

For many years Stefanie worked part-time as a personal trainer. Now Kimberlee, 17, plans to go to James Madison University in Virginia this fall, where costs top $30,000 a year; high school sophomore Celine, 16, has pinned her hopes on going out of state too.

The Fuccis have already co-signed $14,000 worth of private loans to pay for 21-year-old Brittany to attend New York's Fashion Institute of Technology (she also has $14,000 in federal Stafford loans). Still, they are determined to let their kids go to their dream schools.

"Out of state goes against our plans, but it's the right fit for Kimberlee," says Stefanie.

How can this family afford to pay for college?

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    July 13, 2012 at 6:59 am |
  2. Portland tony

    No sympathy, send them to a high tech trade school...If they are super smart and get hired, their hiring company will foot the bill for college .Personal experience. Got my Masters going that route!

    July 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  3. OH PLEASE

    Do we need to go through this family's bad decisions? 1. Living in a high cost county 2. Wife only working part time? 3. never heard of Junior College for first two years of college-IN STATE? I have no sympathy for bad planning...oldest kid is 21...huh....21 years to plan for this...

    I am a SINGLE parent of 2 kids, living in California...and I knew the day my kid was born to plan for college. In reality, unless your degree says Harvard or Yale...no one really gives a crap about where you went to school. So suck it up, and go to a junior college for two years, save your parents thousands of dollars paying for basic education courses (Philosophy 101, Psych 102, Business Math 120...).

    Gee, I want a Jaguar or a Ferrari, but I settle for a Chrysler instead...kid wants to go out of state for college so your tuition costs are tripled....not happening junior.

    July 11, 2012 at 5:34 pm |