Episode 34: The ABCs of Education Savings

January 28, 2021

What will higher education look like in the future? Honestly, no one really knows. But that shouldn’t keep you from at least starting the conversation about saving money for your child or grandchild’s education. Join us as we talk about the ins and outs of education savings plans. We’ll break down UTMA and UGMA, FAFSA, prepaid plans, the 529 plan, and the tax implications involved in each plan. We’ll also give reasons why you should start saving now and break down some statistics on how much most people save for college.

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The fees, expenses, and features of 529 plans can vary from state to state. 529 plans involve investment risk, including the possible loss of funds. There is no guarantee that a college-funding goal will be met. In order to be federally tax-free, earnings must be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. The earnings portion of a nonqualified withdrawal will be subject to ordinary income tax at the recipient’s marginal rate and subject to a 10-percent penalty. By investing in a plan outside your state of residence, you may lose any state tax benefits. 529 plans are subject to enrollment, maintenance, and administration/management fees and expenses.

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