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Start Planning for College

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investment-13-Landing-Page-Image.jpgThere are several types of investment accounts you can use to save for education expenses, each with their own benefits and tax advantages. Start here to learn your choices, select an appropriate account, and know the financial issues to expect when saving and paying for college.

College Savings Plans Vs. Pre-Paid Plans

Section 529 plans are a popular way to save for college . Due to the demand for them, nearly every state now operates at least one type of 529 plan (either a prepaid tuition plan or a college savings plan), and an increasing number offer both. To choose the 529 plan that's right for you, it's important to understand how prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans work and the differences between them.

Estimating College Costs

You've heard the figures--a college education is expensive. All those benefits of personal growth, expanded horizons, and increased lifetime earning power come at a price, a price that increases every year.

ABCs of Financial Aid

It's hard to talk about college without mentioning financial aid. In many cases, financial aid may be the deciding factor in whether your child attends the college of his or her choice or even attends college at all. That's why it's important to develop a basic understanding of financial aid before your child applies to college. Without such knowledge, you may have trouble understanding the process of aid determination, filling out the proper aid applications, and comparing the financial aid awards that your child receives.

How Grandparents Can Help With College Costs

As the cost of a college education continues to climb, many grandparents are stepping in to help. This trend is expected to accelerate as baby boomers, many of whom went to college, become grandparents and start gifting what's predicted to be trillions of dollars over the coming decades.

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