A college education is many things. It is necessary. It is important. It is expensive.
When your child is very young you can hardly imagine them in college, but the years pass and life is full of - living. There are many good choices you can make early if you are able that can make things easier later when it comes time to actually help your not-so-young child start applying to colleges.
Whether you feel adequately prepared or not the time arrives and you discover that you still have options available to you to help you child defray the expense of going to college so that your dreams together can still come true. These may involve digging into the equity on your home or giving up some of your retirement plan but these are welcome options when you consider the desirable outcome of preparing your child well for the future.