It’s really never too early to start thinking about how you will pay for your child’s college education. If your child is still very young, now is a great time to consider opening a 529 Plan or a pre-paid college plan. You can increase the earnings in these funds quickly by getting family members involved. Encourage grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends to make a contribution to your child’s college fund in lieu of birthday or other holiday gifts. It’s also a good idea to encourage your child to save a percentage of his or her allowance, as this will teach your child the importance of planning ahead. But, what if your child is a high school senior or already in college? Is there any hope of getting enough financial aid to help cover his or her expenses? Yes, if you put together a solid financial game plan.