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The steep price of a college education might have you wondering how you'll be able to save enough to pay for your kids to get a degree. The average price at a public university is $8,244 for an in-state student and $20,770 for an out-of-state student, and the average price for a private college is $28,500 for the 2011-12 academic year, according to the College Board.

Don't let those sticker prices worry you too much. There are plenty of smart ways to save for college, as well as grants, scholarships and tax breaks to help offset some of the costs. Plus, financial aid can help cover the college bills.

Kiplinger's student aid expert Jane Clark can explain all the options to help you save and pay for college. She'll be taking questions April 5 during a live chat from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET . You can join the conversation Thursday or submit a question now.

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Even if you don't want to ask a question, you can learn by reading our experts' answers during the chat. Plus, we'll be giving away free copies of our 100 Top Money-Saving Tips . So log in to the chat for your chance to win.

Be sure to see the complete list of chat transcripts for more of our advice on a range of topics.

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