Saving for College Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

It's never too early to start saving for college, and you can teach your students the importance of this type of savings plan. They will enjoy learning associate terms as they create college savings awareness posters and write letters to their parents.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • Define college savings plan
  • Explain why saving for college is important


1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.


Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


  • Projector
  • Transparency with vocabulary words
  • Transparencies showing the average cost of public and private universities
  • Computer that can connect to the projector
  • Colored poster boards
  • Markers
  • Scissors and glue


  • College
  • Savings
  • Debt
  • Student loan
  • Career


  • Begin the lesson by asking your students how many of them would like to pay for the rest of their lives for something that they did for 4 years.
  • Explain to them that this could happen to them if they do not plan ahead for paying for college.
  • Project the vocabulary words on the board and go over the definition for each one. Have a short discussion about each word as it relates to paying for college.
  • Discuss what it means to save for college with your students. Tell them that there are federal, state and local savings plans. Impress upon them that they can also help to save for their own college.
  • Use the computer to look at websites for college savings plans. Project the information on the board and discuss the plans together as a class.

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