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Raising city kids? 8 states where you can save the most money

If you want your kids to grow up in an urban environment and still have room for college savings in your budget, check out these 8 low-cost cities.

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Just released: Latest 529 plan 5-Cap Ratings

Savingforcollege.com's latest 5-Cap Ratings are now available. These Ratings are calculated based on performance, costs, features, reliability, and a "Resident Upgrade" score as of December 31, 2016.

| 529 plans | | plan ratings | | rank | | college savings |
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Private College 529 and college savings plans: A perfect pair

The Private College 529 Plan can be an excellent complement to a 529 savings plan. Here’s how using these two vehicles together can help maximize savings.

| Private College 529 | | 529 plans | | College Savings | | Prepaid 529 |
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College Savings Tips with Julie Shields-Rutyna

Join Brian Boswell and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA)’s Julie Shields-Rutyna for a live Facebook event, Tuesday, February 28th. Brian and Julie will be taking questions from the audience on topics like 529 plans, financial aid and more.

| Julie Shields-Rutyna | | 529 plans | | financial aid | | Q&A |
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Top college savings stories of 2016

2016 was another big year for the college savings industry. Our top stories covered 529 withdrawal strategies, the presidential election, financial aid and more.

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2016 ten-year top performing direct plans Q2

Savingforcollege.com ranks the ten-year investment performance of direct-sold 529 plans as of June 30, 2016.

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2016 five-year top performing direct plans Q2

Savingforcollege.com ranks the five-year investment performance of direct-sold 529 plans as of June 30, 2016.

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2016 three-year top performing direct plans Q2

Savingforcollege.com ranks the three-year investment performance of direct-sold 529 plans as of June 30, 2016.

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2016 plan performance rankings Q2

Savingforcollege.com's Q2 529 performance rankings analyze one, three, five, and ten year investment performance as of June 30, 2016 and rank 529 savings plans from best to worst.

| 529 RANK | | performance | | rankings | | 529 plans | | investment |
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Understanding 529 expenses

An explanation of the four major categories of 529 plan fees and expenses and how to compare between plans.

| Understanding | | 529 expenses | | advisor-sold | | 529 | | section 529 plans | | college savings plans | | |
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Using multiple 529 plans

There are several reasons why someone might want to open accounts in more than one 529 plan.

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Congress aims to improve and simplify 529 plans

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5 ways to tell if you're using the wrong 529 plan

There are over 100 different 529 plans available - so how can you be sure that you’re using the best plan to suit your family’s needs? Here are five red flags to look out for:

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The Wealthfront 529 College Savings Plan: Is college investing with a robo-advisor right for you?

Recently announced state-sponsored 529 college savings plan to complement its existing suite of investment products, see what this means for families saving for college.

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2016 plan performance rankings Q1

Savingforcollege.com's Q1 529 performance rankings analyze one, three, five, and ten year investment performance as of March 31, 2016 and rank 529 savings plans from best to worst.

| 529 RANK | | performance | | rankings | | 529 plans | | investment |
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The price of procrastination: 7 reasons to start saving today

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Introducing the new and improved SFC community forum

Our readers can share tips, ask questions and get advice from each other on our newly designed community message board.

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Should 529 plans be able to cover pre-K through 12 expenses?

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently announced an education plan that would include expanding the benefits of 529 college savings plans.

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New tax bill brings improvements to education benefits

Families saving for college with a 529 plan may want to review their 2015 qualified expenses.

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The truth about scholarships and 529 plans

What happens to my 529 if my child gets a scholarship?

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Prepaid college savings plans: Here's what you need to know

Prepaid tuition plans allow you to pre-pay future college costs today. Learn more

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Just announced: Best 529 plans for 2015

Ever wonder how your 529 college savings plan stacks up against the competition? One way to evaluate how your plan is performing is to check Morningstar's latest 529 plan ratings.

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7 myths and realities of 529 plans

Although 529 college savings accounts have been around for years, there are common misconceptions about the plans. Learn the truth behind these seven myths and you'll set yourself up for smarter college investing.

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Six must-know 529 plan rules

Even with all of the recent publicity surrounding 529 plans, many families are still confused about how they operate. Click through this slideshow to view the biggest misconceptions according to this year's Annual College Savings Survey.

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5 things to consider before doing a 529 plan rollover

Before you make any changes to your plan, ask yourself these five questions.

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Saving for college? These 6 mistakes can cost you

Parents can maximize their child’s education savings by learning about 529 plan rules and avoiding these six costly college planning mistakes.

| saving for college | | paying for college | | 529 plans | | qualified higher education expenses | | savings goals | | financial aid | | scholarships | | American Opportunity Tax Credit |
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College Savings Timeline: Time to get in gear

Even if your child has less than 18 years until college, you still have plenty of time to grow significant savings. Here are five things to focus on if college is 10 years away.

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College Savings Timeline: New beginnings

For those of you who are about to enter the world of parenthood – Congratulations! Believe it or not, this is the ideal time to start a college savings fund. Here are five steps to get started today.

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529 Day Webcast Recap

Did you miss our 529 Day live Q&A webinar? Here's a recap of all the great college savings topics that were covered.

| 529 Day | | College Savings Bank | | 529 Plans | | College Savings |
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It Pays to Start Saving: 5 Ways to Get Started Now

Saving 100% of what you need for college may be difficult, any savings will open options and reduce the need to take on student debt.

| student debt | | fidelity | | save | | college | | 529 plans | | college savings |
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529 Day Webcast - Meet the experts

Don't miss our 529 Day Webcast taking place on May 29th! Learn more about the panel of leading industry experts who will be answering your college savings questions.

| 529 day | | 529 plans | | college savings | | college savings experts | | ny times | | Forbes | | Tara Siegel Bernard | | Lynn O'Shaughnessy | | Joseph Hurley | | Troy Onink | | saving for college | | paying for college | | webcast |
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How to get socially responsible with 529 plans

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that you can help preserve the environment by saving for college? Here are four investment managers that offer Socially Responsible Investment options through 529 college savings plans.

| Earth Day | | 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings plans | | socially responsible | | socially responsible investing | | SRI | | Vanguard | | TIAA-CREF | | Parnassus | | Calvert |
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10 things you can learn about saving for college from Game of Thrones

What can Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister teach you about planning for college? Find out in this fun Game of Thrones slideshow.

| Game of Thones | | saving for college | | paying for college | | student loans | | estate taxes | | 529 plans | | cost of college | | college savings calculators |
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Ask an expert: Can I claim any higher education tax benefits for a non-dependent child?

As the deadline to file your taxes draws near, Marguerita Cheng of Blue Ocean Global Wealth offers an answer to this frequently-asked question concerning higher education tax credits.

| Ask an expert | | 529 plans | | tax credits | | education tax credits | | tax planning | | saving for college |
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What is your state doing to promote saving for college?

As tuition prices continue to skyrocket, many states are actively trying to raise awareness about the importance of saving for college. At this year's College Savings Foundation Conference, representatives from several states shared their thoughts with us on the best ways to promote saving for college.

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Ask an expert: How do grandparent-owned 529 plans affect financial aid eligibility?

Matthew Toner of Savingforcollege.com responds to the frequently asked-about topic of grandparent-owned 529 accounts and their effect on financial aid eligibility.

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Does your employer help you save for college?

Many workers feel that help with saving for college is a key piece missing from their benefits package. Kathryn Flynn and Christian Duffus of LEAF College Savings discuss why we rarely see college savings plans offered as employee benefits.

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Little Einsteins flock to the White House Science Fair

This year's annual White House Science Fair highlighted the President's 'Educate to Innovate' Campaign, part of the larger initiative to make college a reality for more students.

| White house | | Obama | | saving for college | | 529 plans | | science fair | | education | | paying for college |
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Nine reasons why every 'Modern Family' needs a 529 plan

The following slideshow looks at one of America’s favorite unconventional families and how each member can enjoy the benefits of a 529 plan.

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7 ways the 2016 fiscal year budget could affect higher education

This week, the Obama administration released a 2016 fiscal year budget request, which details the President's plan to make education and job training top priorities. This slideshow lists the impact the proposed budget could have on certain areas of higher education.

| 529 plans | | saving for college | | paying for college | | student loans | | financial aid | | pell grant | | FAFSA | | higher education |
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What you need to know about President Obama's 529 tax proposal

In light of President Obama's recent proposal to eliminate the federal tax benefits of 529 plans, here are the facts on the proposal as it currently stands, as well as some ideas on how you can take action against it.

| 529 plans | | Obama | | tax rollback | | qualified withdrawals | | families | | no 529 tax |
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Why you should teach your kids about money

Studies have shown that kids who are involved in family finances are much more likely to save money themselves, yet many parents still have reluctance when it comes to discussing financial matters with their kids.

| financial literacy | | kids | | money | | 529 plans | | college savings | | |
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[PODCAST] How to Effectively Save For College When You Have Multiple Children

Listen to our podcast to learn the best ways to divvy up your college savings with multiple children.

| Multiple Children | | 529 plans | | saving | | college | | Sallie Mae | | America saves |
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A top college savings resource for grandparents

There are a number of different ways for grandparents to help save for college, yet for many the process can seem overwhelming. Here's an overview of the college savings resources we have available to help grandparents ensure their grandchildren have the best chance for success.

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College savings success stories: Anonymous tips

Last week we received some great advice on our message board explaining how to get the best education "bang for your buck". Consider these tips to create a well-rounded college funding strategy.

| college savings | | 529 plans | | community college | | cutting college costs | | paying for college | | saving for college | | ROI |
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10 reasons to give the gift of college education

It’s graduation party season- looking for the perfect gift? Whether you are shopping for a kindergartener, eighth grader or even a high school graduate, here are 10 reasons why a contribution to a college savings fund will always be appreciated.

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Four easy ways shoppers can become college savers

If saving for college while you shop sounds like your cup of tea, you might want to consider a credit card that will pay you back in the form of 529 plan contributions. Here are four credit cards that offer college savings rewards.

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VIDEO - Which 529 plan is best for me?

With hundreds of different options available, how do you know which 529 plan to choose? In this video, Joe Hurley points out the features you should look for when you shop for a 529 plan.

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Student loan rate hikes give more reason to save

Beginning July 1, we will see a 0.8% increase in interest rates on all federal student loans. If you were planning on taking out loans to pay for college, you may want to rethink your strategy.

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College Savings Timeline: The home stretch

You’re the parent of a high school junior, which means in just two years your child will be on his or her way to college. In this week’s College Savings Timeline, we discuss the five most important college planning steps for the final years of high school.

| 529 plans | | 529 plan | | college savings | | high school | | scholarships | | financial aid | | SAT | | ACT | | FAFSA |
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529 Day Q&A Webcast hosted by Savingforcollege.com

Mark your calendars! In honor of 529 Day, Thursday, May 29th at 1:00pm ET Savingforcollege.com is hosting a live webcast featuring the industry’s top experts. This is your chance to ask questions regarding 529 plans, financial aid and where college savings fits into your family’s financial plan.

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College savings success stories: The 529 Guru's story

This week, we asked our very own Savingforcollege.com founder and "529 Guru", Joe Hurley, to share how he used his expertise to pay for the college education of his own two children.

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College Savings Timeline: Now entering the world of high school

Here are some things you can do in the next four years of high school to ensure an easy transition that won't leave your child burdened with excessive debt.

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Do 529 plans beat their benchmark?

A recent analysis conducted by Joe Hurley finds that historically when their unique benefits are taken into account, 529 plans can be a very lucrative choice when saving for college.

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College savings success stories: Family of seven

This week, author Katie Flynn will be telling her own college savings success story. She explains how her parents got Katie and her four siblings through college successfully - an incredible feat!

| college savings | | how they did it | | success stories | | scholarships | | loans | | 529 plans | | work study | | in-state schools |
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10 investing terms every college saver should understand

In honor of Financial Literacy Month, here’s a quick rundown of ten often-misunderstood investing terms that you’re likely to come across when choosing a saving strategy.

| college savings | | financial literacy month | | investing | | 529 plans | | investment terms | | investment |
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Top 529 plans to follow on twitter

To help you keep up-to-date with the latest college savings news, here is a list of the most active plans on twitter. Follow away!

| 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings | | twitter | | tweet | | social | | college savings news |
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Clearing up the confusion: Five popular 529 plan myths

Recent survey data has indicated that parents' misunderstanding of 529 plans may be a significant barrier to their use of them. In this slideshow we present five of the biggest 529 plan myths along with the facts to set the record straight.

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20 people on Twitter who can help you save for college

Whether you’re actively saving for college or just starting to think about it, here’s a list of 20 people whose tweets will help guide you through the college planning process.

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Truth be told - Common 529 plan misconceptions

The results of our Annual College Savings Survey show that there are still many people who are unclear about the functionality of 529 plans. In this post, we discuss six common misconceptions and reveal the correct answers to help clear up some of the confusion.

| 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings | | parents | | grandparents | | myths | | financial aid | | scholarships | | tax deductions |
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Annual College Savings Survey results: All that you can leave behind

As college costs in America rise faster than the rate of inflation and total student loan debt surpasses $1 trillion, more relatives are exploring the idea of helping pay tuition for grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

| 529 | | 529 plans | | grandparents | | pay for college | | save for college | | student loans | | financial aid | | required minimum distributions | | college savings survey |
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Annual College Savings Survey results: Direct- or advisor-sold 529 plan?

Our survey results indicate many of our readers feel comfortable selecting their own investments, but there may be situations in which an advisor-sold 529 plan could be a better fit. Here are a few key questions to ask yourself:

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Are 529 plans doing the job?

Total assets in 529 plans, which stood at $227 billion as of December 31, 2013, saw a 19% increase over the previous year's $190 billion total. Sounds pretty good, right? Actually, it’s a bit disappointing to me.

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Annual College Savings Survey results: Make the most of your savings

As promised, here is the first in a series of blog posts based on the results of our Annual College Savings survey. We begin by examining how our readers are currently saving for college and why.

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The 529 plan Pot O' Gold is growing!

Many future college students should be feeling lucky this St. Patrick’s Day. A recent report announced that total investments in 529 college savings plans hit a record level of $227 billion. However, families still have a long way to get to the end of the rainbow.

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The Bank of Grandma and Grandpa - New video featuring our very own Joe Hurley!

In the following video Joseph Hurley, Founder of Savingforcollege.com, explains the different ways Grandparents can assist with paying for tuition, taking issues like financial aid and taxes into consideration.

| grandparents | | saving for college | | 529 plans | | financial aid | | gift tax | | college | | college savings |
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The 2014 Annual College Savings Survey Results

The Annual College Savings Survey was designed to shed light on consumer beliefs and actions in relation to 529 plans. The results uncovered a number of key findings that we are excited to share with our readers in a new series of blog posts.

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The 40-Day College Savings Challenge

Regardless of your religious beliefs, Lent can be a great time to focus on good spending habits. Over the next 40 days, we challenge our readers to find ways to cut their budget and make room for college savings.

| 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings | | lent | | fat tuesday | | saving money | | budget |
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Tax reform and 529 plans

Joe shares his thoughts on the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee's recently-proposed comprehensive tax reform package and its effect on tax incentives for education.

| 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings | | tax reform | | Internal Revenue Code | | Chairman Dave Camp | | tax incentives | | education tax incentives |
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Welcome to the new and improved Savingforcollege.com Blog!

Whether you are a new parent, grandparent or professional advisor, we are committed to offering the most timely and relevant college savings content while encouraging interaction, comments and feedback.

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