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How to Save for College in the Big Ten States
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Updated: 2015-10-06

by Kathryn Flynn

During college football season, stadiums and sports bars are packed with excited fans ready to cheer on their favorite Big Ten conference teams. Whether it’s your alma mater or your hometown heroes, you may be hoping to send your son or daughter to a Big Ten school so that they can become part of the excitement one day. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to get started saving now, since the average cost of the 13 Big Ten sponsored state schools is $11,856 per year for residents and $30,025 for non-residents. Northwestern, the only private school in the conference will run you about $47,251 per year (source: U.S. News and World Report).

A great way to get started saving is with a tax-advantaged 529 plan. You can invest in a 529 plan from any state no matter where you live or where your child decides to attend college, but it’s a good idea to check your home state’s plan first to see if they offer any tax incentives for residents. Just for fun, here’s a look at college savings plan options from the 11 states that are home to Big Ten college football teams:

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1. Illinois

University of Illinois

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $15,626 resident
    • $30,786 non-resident

Northwestern University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $49,047

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact:The Illinois Bright Directions plan recently announced a newly negotiated contract that eliminates the $10 set up fee and $3 quarterly maintenance fees charged by the accounts.

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2. Indiana

Indiana University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $10,388 resident
    • $33,741 non-resident

Purdue University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $10,002 resident
    • $28,804 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: When parents in Howard County, IN open a CollegeChoice 529 college savings account, the Community Foundation of Howard County will fund the first $25. When at least five other people, or “champions” have contributed at least $5.29 to the account, they receive $75 through a community match.

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3. Iowa -- University of Iowa

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $8,104 resident
    • $27,890 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: College Savings Iowa offers residents Iowa InFocus, an interactive learning experience that introduces parents, grandparents and others to the benefits of saving for the higher education of a loved one.

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4. Maryland -- University of Maryland

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $9,996 resident
    • $31,144 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact:Employee's of Maryland's Prince George County Public schools can make contributions to the College Investment Plan and the Prepaid College Trust by automatic payroll deduction. That may be one of the reasons why more families in Maryland are saving for college than most states. According to a report from College Savings Plans of Maryland, Sallie Mae statistics showed that more than 75 percent of Maryland families are saving for college, compared to only one-half of families in other states.

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5. Michigan

University of Michigan

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $14,366 resident
    • $43,377 non-resident

Michigan State

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $13,560 resident
    • $36,360 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: This October, Michigan’s 529 College Savings Plans presents the Detroit Zoo’s annual “Zoo Boo” celebration, which includes live entertainment, crafts, rides and a special 4D screening of the Wizard of Oz.

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6. Minnesota -- University of Minnesota

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $13,560 resident
    • $20,810 non-resident

College Savings Options:

  • Minnesota College Savings Plan recently added seven investment options, including three age-based options. The plan also rehired TIAA-CREF as the service provider under a five-year contract, which reduced management fees by half.

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7. Nebraska -- University of Nebraska

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $8,382 resident
    • $22,790 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: The Nebraska Education Savings Trust (NEST) offers a variety of scholarships and drawings to help fund children’s 529 savings plans.

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8. Ohio -- Ohio State University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $10,037 resident
    • $26,537 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: The total assets under management in the Ohio CollegeAdvantage Direct Plan reached a high enough level to reduce the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority fee from 0.04% to 0.02%, effective June 19, 2015 and the Total Annual Fee from 0.025% to 0.02%, effective August 1, 2015.

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9. Pennsylvania -- Penn State University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $17,514 resident
    • $31,346 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: The Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE), if enacted, will provide families with a savings account for disability-related expenses, including college, without jeopardizing eligibility for important programs that their loved ones depend on. Contributions to a PA ABLE account will be deductible from state income tax.

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10. New Jersey -- Rutgers University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $14,131 resident
    • $29,521 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: Students who save with an NJBEST 529 plan have an opportunity to earn a tax-free scholarship based on how much they contribute if they choose to attend a New Jersey college, up to a maximum of $1,500.

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11. Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $10,415 resident
    • $29,665 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: Wisconsin’s Edvest 529 plan recently sponsored a contest for local kids to get a chance to be a “Rookie Reporter” for the Green Bay Packers, along with $1,000 in an Edvest account, four tickets to a Packers home game and autographed merchandise.

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During college football season, stadiums and sports bars are packed with excited fans ready to cheer on their favorite Big Ten conference teams. Whether it’s your alma mater or your hometown heroes, you may be hoping to send your son or daughter to a Big Ten school so that they can become part of the excitement one day. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to get started saving now, since the average cost of the 13 Big Ten sponsored state schools is $11,856 per year for residents and $30,025 for non-residents. Northwestern, the only private school in the conference will run you about $47,251 per year (source: U.S. News and World Report).

A great way to get started saving is with a tax-advantaged 529 plan. You can invest in a 529 plan from any state no matter where you live or where your child decides to attend college, but it’s a good idea to check your home state’s plan first to see if they offer any tax incentives for residents. Just for fun, here’s a look at college savings plan options from the 11 states that are home to Big Ten college football teams:

Start Slideshow

Find 529 Plans in Your Home State

Photo credit: Corey Seeman

1. Illinois

University of Illinois

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $15,626 resident
    • $30,786 non-resident

Northwestern University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $49,047

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact:The Illinois Bright Directions plan recently announced a newly negotiated contract that eliminates the $10 set up fee and $3 quarterly maintenance fees charged by the accounts.

Photo credit: Can Stock Photo/tupungato

2. Indiana

Indiana University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $10,388 resident
    • $33,741 non-resident

Purdue University

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $10,002 resident
    • $28,804 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: When parents in Howard County, IN open a CollegeChoice 529 college savings account, the Community Foundation of Howard County will fund the first $25. When at least five other people, or “champions” have contributed at least $5.29 to the account, they receive $75 through a community match.

Photo credit: Can Stock Photo/ Knowlesgallery

3. Iowa -- University of Iowa

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $8,104 resident
    • $27,890 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: College Savings Iowa offers residents Iowa InFocus, an interactive learning experience that introduces parents, grandparents and others to the benefits of saving for the higher education of a loved one.

Photo credit: Can Stock Photo/ actionsports

4. Maryland -- University of Maryland

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $9,996 resident
    • $31,144 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact:Employee's of Maryland's Prince George County Public schools can make contributions to the College Investment Plan and the Prepaid College Trust by automatic payroll deduction. That may be one of the reasons why more families in Maryland are saving for college than most states. According to a report from College Savings Plans of Maryland, Sallie Mae statistics showed that more than 75 percent of Maryland families are saving for college, compared to only one-half of families in other states.

Photo credit: Can Stock Photo/mcgill

5. Michigan

University of Michigan

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $14,366 resident
    • $43,377 non-resident

Michigan State

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $13,560 resident
    • $36,360 non-resident

College Savings Options:

Fun Fact: This October, Michigan’s 529 College Savings Plans presents the Detroit Zoo’s annual “Zoo Boo” celebration, which includes live entertainment, crafts, rides and a special 4D screening of the Wizard of Oz.

Photo credit: Can Stock Photo/snehitdesign

6. Minnesota -- University of Minnesota

  • One-year cost of tuition:
    • $13,560 resident
    • $20,810 non-resident

College Savings Options:

 

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