COLLEGE SAVINGS 101

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College savings in a nutshell
http://www.savingforcollege.com/articles/college-savings-in-a-nutshell

Posted 2014-03-07

by Megan Hurley Donovan

First-time visitors to our website may get a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of information that we provide. Depending on where you're at in the college savings process, some areas of Savingforcollege.com might be more applicable to you than others. So to get you heading in the right direction, we've picked out several helpful areas for each situation described below.

Which of the following best describes you?

I am brand new to the world of college savings. I know it's important, but I don't even know where to start!

I've looked into my college savings options, and I'm pretty sure I want to save using a 529 plan, but I want to learn more about them.

I'm ready to enroll in a 529 plan, but I'm not sure how to decide on the best one for me or how to go about enrolling.

  • View Savingforcollege.com's 5 Cap Ratings to see which 529 plans are currently scoring well.
  • Compare 529 plans you may be interested in, and select the features that are most important to you. Compare out-of-state plans to the 529 plans in your own state.
  • Research the plan details of your potential 529 plans to learn more about their investment options, eligibility restrictions, and specific tax or other benefits.
  • There are three ways to enroll in a 529 plan:
    • Enroll directly through Savingforcollege.com to gain quick and easy access to the enrollment materials of the participating 529 programs.
    • Visit the website of the 529 plan you may be interested in to find out more about its enrollment process.
    • Enroll through financial professional. See our 529 Pro Directory to find a qualified professional in your area.
  • Once enrolled, don't forget to maximize your savings by signing up with rewards programs.

I have opened a 529 plan and been successful in my college savings strategy. Now I'm ready to use the funds to start paying for college. What do I need to know?

First-time visitors to our website may get a little overwhelmed by the vast amount of information that we provide. Depending on where you're at in the college savings process, some areas of Savingforcollege.com might be more applicable to you than others. So to get you heading in the right direction, we've picked out several helpful areas for each situation described below.

Which of the following best describes you?

I am brand new to the world of college savings. I know it's important, but I don't even know where to start!

I've looked into my college savings options, and I'm pretty sure I want to save using a 529 plan, but I want to learn more about them.

I'm ready to enroll in a 529 plan, but I'm not sure how to decide on the best one for me or how to go about enrolling.

  • View Savingforcollege.com's 5 Cap Ratings to see which 529 plans are currently scoring well.
  • Compare 529 plans you may be interested in, and select the features that are most important to you. Compare out-of-state plans to the 529 plans in your own state.
  • Research the plan details of your potential 529 plans to learn more about their investment options, eligibility restrictions, and specific tax or other benefits.
  • There are three ways to enroll in a 529 plan:
    • Enroll directly through Savingforcollege.com to gain quick and easy access to the enrollment materials of the participating 529 programs.
    • Visit the website of the 529 plan you may be interested in to find out more about its enrollment process.
    • Enroll through financial professional. See our 529 Pro Directory to find a qualified professional in your area.
  • Once enrolled, don't forget to maximize your savings by signing up with rewards programs.

I have opened a 529 plan and been successful in my college savings strategy. Now I'm ready to use the funds to start paying for college. What do I need to know?

 

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