We always dream to give best education to our child but do we really think about growing cost of child education? We want a child to become doctor or engineer but do we really plan for this? As per me saving for child education is the most important goal for parents. Other goals like buying car or buying home can be compromised, but we cannot compromise our child education.
When it comes to child education planning majority of people rely on child education plan which ends up paying them peanut type returns. In this post, I will be highlighting details of growing child education cost and will be giving education planning calculator.
Cost of Child Education –
The cost of child education is growing rapidly. A Recent survey carried out ASSOCHAM on child education says that it is very difficult to pay school and tuition fees by salaried people. Finding of survey carried out on 1600 working parents across country is given below –
- School fees, tuition fees and other associated expenses have gone up by 150% in last 10 years.
- Education expenses for a single child including tuition fee is grown to 1.25 lakh in 2015, from 55,000 in 2005.
- 9 out of 10 parents responded that rising cost has affected even their choice of school.
- 70% of parents spend 30-40% of take home salary on their child education.
- School cost is growing at more than double the rate of inflation.
- Apart from fees another cost is also growing like a cost of uniforms, books, transport, sports activity, school aids etc.
- 80% of respondents say that they are worried about growing cost of education.
Average cost of Education in School – 2015
Source – ASSOCHAM Survey
If you are worrying about the rise in school education expense, there is one more time bomb ticking away i.e Cost of higher education. The cost of higher education is growing even faster than this. Average fees of Engineering course is roughly Rs 8 Lakh today, five years down the line it would be close to double meaning Rs 16 Lakh. In 10 years’ time, it’s likely to cost around Rs 25 Lakh.
The cost of MBA course has grown even faster. The current cost of MBA is approximate 20 Lakh and expected to be 60 Lakh after 10 years.
The cost of education is growing exponentially and has no end. We are planning for retirement but looking at details above we must plan for child education.
One thing is sure that you have to save & invest enough money for your child education. Follow steps are given below to plan your child education.
1 Set Target Year
The first step is to find out target year for education expense. It is very easy to find out this if your child age is 1 year then he will enter in graduation year after 18 years. If he is likely to do MBA after graduation you need to consider target age 21-22 year for MBA.
2 Find Current Education Cost
The second step is to find current education cost. Arriving at current education cost is somehow difficult. First you need to decide that which educational institute you are planning for your child. You have various options like Regional Engineering colleges, IIT etc for engineering. You need to find out current education cost applicable to that course in the specific institute.
3 Find Future Education Cost
The third step is to find future education cost. Inflation rate comes in to picture at this stage. You can find future education cost by using simple excel formula of FV.
4 Find Monthly Investment Amount
In order to find out monthly investment amount required you can use simple excel formula PMT. PMT formula calculates constant payment on constant interest rates.
5 Invest in Suitable Investment Option
Once you are done with all above step you need to find out investment option which can generate a return as per your expectation. You can select good mutual funds which can generate a return in the range of 12-15%.
In order to help you out here is simple excel based Child Education Calculator.
Hope you find this calculator useful.
Do share this calculator with every parent you come across!