By the time parents send kids off to college, they will have already spent an average of $44,400 on education, according to CNN Money. With the skyrocketing costs of both higher education and education in general, many families are left with few options when tuition bills come. Some students are saddled with mountains of debt before they even enter the workforce, and many parents are faced with remortgaging their houses or delaying retirement to get their kids through school. However, more and more people are turning to crowdfunding as an alternative to these extreme options. It allows a community to come together to help out its own and to invest in an educated future generation.