COLLEGE SAVINGS 101

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The value of a college degree will depend on a number of things, including tuition costs and starting salary after graduation. Learn which degrees offer the best value for students in 2017.

| College return on investment | | best college ROI | | highest paying jobs |
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5 signs it might be time to refinance your student loans

Student loan refinancing could save some borrowers thousands of dollars over the life of their loans. Learn about 5 times when it might make sense for you.

| student loans | | Consolidate | | repayment |
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How to determine the ROI on a college education

Factors to consider when helping a child understand a college degreeís return on investment (ROI) that will help minimize the future burden of student loan debt.

| ROI | | Return on investment | | college | | 529 | | loan | | debit |
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How to earn college credit without ever setting foot on campus

Even before enrolling in a four-year university, high school students can get a head start on earning college credit.

| college credit | | Ivy Advisor | | Advance Placement | | Graduate |
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New study: Are men too confident about college savings? Or are women too pessimistic?

According to Savingforcollege.com's Annual College Savings Survey, a person's gender may impact the way they save and pay for college. What's more, these differences may exist across a broader spectrum of financial attitudes and behaviors.

| College Savings | | Men |
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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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New tool helps you pick the best investments for college

Just like your 401k or IRA, your 529 planís performance will be based on its underlying investments, so itís important to select the right combination of potential risk and reward to meet your needs.

| investment | | 529s | | 529 plan |
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How to select investments in a 529 plan

When setting up a 529 savings plan, youíll need to choose an investment option. Learn about the three different types of options available and how they can help you meet your goals.

| 529 | | enrollment | | investment | | college savings |
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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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Investing trends of 529 college savers

Find out how other 529 account owners are investing in their plans, and learn some best practices to help you make better choices for your own 529 plan investments.

| 529 plan | | college savings plan | | saving for college | | Vanguard | | investments | | investing | | investment options |
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Five simple steps to enrolling in a 529 plan

Wondering just to how go about opening a 529 plan? You're not alone! According to our 2nd annual Annual College Savings Survey, 86 percent of those who intend to open a 529 plan don't know the steps involved. Don't worry - we're here to help!

| 529 plan | | 529 plan enrollment | | investments | | age-based investments | | open a 529 plan | | saving for college | | college savings | | 529 contribution | | beneficiary |
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4 things you can do to get ready for student loan repayment

When your first student loan statement arrives in the mail, you'll want to be prepared so that you Ė and your budget Ė will be ready to make your first payment on time. These four steps will help get you ready for your first student loan payment.

| student loans | | paying for college | | student debt | | student loan repayment |
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When should you switch 529 plans?

There are several good reasons for some 529 plan participants to consider doing a rollover. Here are the most common.

| 529 plan | | saving for college | | choosing a 529 plan | | investment |
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Eight reasons why grandparents love 529 plans

If youíre a grandparent there are a variety of different ways you can help pay for college. Here are eight reasons why we think saving with a 529 plan could be your best bet.

| 529 plan | | grandparents | | saving for college | | college planning | | tax benefits | | estate planning | | financial planning | | investment | | |
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Being Smart about Recommendation Letters Before Senior Year of High School

What is one of the most useful steps young students can take to improve their chances of getting into a top school?

| letters of recommendation | | senior | | college | | admission |
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Should I pay for private elementary school or save for college?

Is it more important to pay for education now, or save for college?

| Private elementary | | College Saivngs | | Cost College |
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Top 10 financial mistakes millennial parents make

Millennials carry a heavy student debt burden, worsened by the effects of a tough job market. And now they're having babies. Here are the top mistakes that will prevent these young parents from meeting financial goals.

| personal finance | | parenting | | savings | | budget | | retirement | | college | | saving for college |
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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.

| college savings | | 10 years to college | | grade school | | scholarships | | 529 plans | | age-based investments | | asset allocation | | resume | | application | | 529 plan | | 529 plans |
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Five questions to ask yourself when choosing a college savings strategy

College can be one of the largest expenses a family will ever face. There are a number of different options available to help you reach your goal, and here are a few things to consider before choosing the one thatís right for you.

| 529 plan | | college | | college savings | | college savings options | | investment option | | age-based | | fees and expenses | | tax benefits |
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5 groovy college lessons from Mad Men

AMC's hit period-drama 'Mad Men' is coming to an end! For a fun twist before the finale, take a look at this list of lessons that can be learned about saving for college from our favorite Mad Men characters.

| saving for college | | higher education | | Mad Men | | AMC | | paying for college | | women in college | | 1970s | | military | | adult education | | 529 plan |
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How to pay off student loan debt while saving for the future

Over 40 million Americans have student loan debt. Is it possible to build savings while paying down your loans? Guest blogger Robert Farrington, Founder of The College Investor, tells us how.

| student loans | | student debt | | paying for college | | saving for college | | graduates | | retirement |
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College Savings April Foolery

Don't be tricked this April Fools Day! Make sure you do your research so that you know exactly what the best strategy is to help you meet your college savings goals.

| 529 plan | | april fools day | | college savings | | save for college | | retirement accounts | | 401k | | savings accounts | | college savings options |
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Understanding your student loans and how to repay them

With so many loan repayment options out there itís important for borrowers to explore all of their repayment options and make sure they find the plan that best fits their needs and their budget. NerdScholar's Alexandra Rice shares some tips.

| student loans | | financial aid | | student loan repayment | | paying for college | | cost of college |
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[PODCAST] Selecting your 529 plan investment options

In this podcast episode, Joe Hurley and Kathryn Flynn discuss the investment options typically offered in a 529 plan and how to choose the best investment portfolio to achieve your savings target.

| podcast | | saving for college | | 529 plan | | choosing a 529 plan | | investment options | | age-based investments | | Joe Hurley |
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5 ways to judge your 529 plan's performance

You expect excellent investment results from your 529 plan, but how do you really know? Here are five approaches to help you judge your 529 plan's investment performance.

| 529 plan | | performance | | retirement account | | UTMA | | UGMA | | Coverdell |
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Does this 529 plan rule leave you scratching your head?

Investing in your home state's 529 plan can have some great benefits, but you should still explore the 529 options in other states as well.

| 529 plan | | saving for college | | fees and expenses | | choosing a 529 plan | | investment | | |
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[PODCAST] Getting started with a 529 plan - Step 2: Opening your account

Tune in to the next episode in our podcast series and listen to Joe Hurley and Kathryn Flynn's discussion on what you need to do to set up your 529 college savings account.

| 529 plan | | college savings | | podcast | | college planning | | investment |
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12 states offering FDIC-Insured 529 plan options

Families who wish to save for college with 529 plans but are seeking more conservative investment options may find them with plans that offer FDIC-insured options. Here are 12 states that offer this type of investment.

| 529 plan | | fdic | | investment | | investment options | | savings accounts |
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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.

| grandparents | | saving for college | | 529 plans | | tax benefits | | gift tax | | investment | | |
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Top five ways to spend 529 savings

Withdrawals from a 529 plan must be spent on qualified higher education expenses to avoid tax and penalty. Just what types of college expenses are qualified?

| college savings | | 529 plan | | qualified expenses | | 529 plan withdrawals | | paying for college | | tuition | | room and board | | equipment | | special needs equipment |
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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.

| college savings | | 529 plan | | 529 plans | | mutual funds | | college | | college investing | | saving for college | | tax benefits | | benchmarks | | investment strategies |
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10 investing terms every college saver should understand

In honor of Financial Literacy Month, hereís a quick rundown of ten often-misunderstood investing terms that youíre likely to come across when choosing a saving strategy.

| college savings | | financial literacy month | | investing | | 529 plans | | investment terms | | investment |
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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:

| 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings | | direct-sold 529 | | advisor-sold 529 | | fees | | financial advisor | | financial planner | | investment options | | active management | | index funds |
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The anti-529ers

Financial advisers who do not like 529 plans may have their reasons, and I respect their opinions, but I suspect that many of their anti-529 comments come more from a lack of knowledge and experience than from objective data.

| 529 plan | | tax-advantaged investment | | registered investment advisers |
 

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