COLLEGE SAVINGS 101

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College costs way more than parents think

Although more parents are saving for college than ever before, many are doing so without a realistic goal in mind. If this sounds like you, it may be time to rethink your strategy.

| college costs | | savings | | 529s | | 529 plans |
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The 15 lowest-cost 529 savings plans

Don’t let fees and expenses shrink your college savings. Here’s a list of the15 lowest cost direct-sold 529 plans, based on our semi-annual Fee Study.

| 529 plan | | saving for college | | 529 plan fees | | fees & expenses | | 529 fee study | | low cost | | higher education |
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9 college savings tips to start the year off right

The New Year is the perfect time to review your 529 college savings plan strategy. Learn about how these nine tips can help achieve your goals in 2017.

| saving for college | | new year | | new year resolution | | 529 plan | | enroll now | | cost of college | | 529 plan performance | | college savings planner |
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Fall semester timeline for high school seniors

Lulu Curiel, CEO and Founder of Ivy Advisors, provides helpful tips for high school seniors on how they can best prepare for college over the coming months.

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Six Winning Strategies to Cutting the Cost of College

The absolute best way to make college more affordable for your family is to become an educated college consumer.

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The magic number for college savings

Learn how much to invest each month in a 529 college savings plan to cover future costs of tuition, fees and room and board for private and public schools.

| saving for college | | 529 plan | | paying for college | | contribution | | savings goal | | cost of college | | monthly savings target |
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More Americans are saving for college with 529 plans

There are a number of different ways to save for future college costs.

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Parents vs. politicians on cutting college costs

One of the few things the 2016 presidential hopefuls agree on is that the cost of higher education and rising levels of student loan debt have become major issues. Learn more.

| politicians | | college cost | | student debt | | Money | | federal aid | | college tuition |
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23 best value colleges for budget-conscious students

The U.S. Department of Education has compiled a list of the 23 colleges that offer the lowest net prices and highest potential incomes after graduation.

| College Cost | | Lowest Price | | US Dept of Education |
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Tuition prices of top football colleges: AP Top 25 Poll

Since a football scholarship might not be in everyone’s future, we’ve listed the tuition prices of the schools that made up the AP Top 25 Poll in week eight.

| college | | college tuition | | paying for college | | college football | | cost of college |
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Student loan refinancing tips, myths and savings

We all know that you can refinance a mortgage or even an auto loan, but consumers are just starting to realize that you can refinance student loans, too. And if you know where to look the savings can really add up.

| paying for college | | student loans | | student loan refinancing | | cost of college |
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5 types of students who benefit from 529 plans

No matter what "type" of student you’re saving for, a 529 plan can be an excellent way to plan for college expenses. Click through our slideshow to see how a variety of students can each benefit from a 529 plan.

| 529 plan | | slideshow | | scholarships | | qualified expenses | | financial aid | | grandparents | | paying for college | | college costs |
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How Dollar-Cost Averaging can protect your 529 savings during a stock market slump

If you find that your 529 plan is performing poorly, you generally have a few different options, learn more.

| invest | | 529 | | switch 529 | | Dollar-Cost Averaging |
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37 best college memories from the '90's

Your child deserves the chance to make his own list of college memories one day.

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10 things to know before you take an online course

Before enrolling in an online course, get the facts. Here are the top ten things you should know about e-learning.

| online course | | cost of college | | e-learning | | college | | college degree |
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Top 5 financial considerations when selecting childcare

How has the high cost of childcare affected family budgets and savings goals, and what can families do to soften the blow?

| childcare | | cost of child care | | family finance | | children |
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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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7 money management tips to save more for college

Boost your college savings efforts, with the following seven money management tips can help get you off on the right foot.

| College costs | | Lower Monthly Bills | | College Savings |
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Is Online College a Cheaper Option for Your High School Grad?

If the coming months include college for your son or daughter, you're likely facing the dilemma of how to pay some steep tuition costs.

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Can 529 savings be used to pay for summer courses?

Taking summer courses is a great way for students to get ahead and possibly graduate sooner. And yes, you can pay for most summer classes with 529 savings and still maximize tax benefits. Here are a few things to consider:

| 529 plan | | paying for college | | 529 plan withdrawals | | qualified expenses | | summer school | | cost of attendance |
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The 10 states with the fastest rising college tuition

Tuition prices have been rising across the country, but some states have experienced sharper increases than others. If you're planning to send your child to one of the following ten states, you might want to consider increasing your 529 plan contributions.

| 529 plan | | cost of college | | tuition | | paying for college | | state appropriations | | higher education | | highest tuition | | upromise |
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9 ways America's college savings habits have changed

Sallie Mae's 2015 'How America Pays For College' report is fairly consistent with 2014's findings in how American families prepare for the costs of higher education. Here are 9 changes in some saving attitudes and behaviors that we thought we worth noting.

| college savings | | Sallie Mae | | 529 plan | | parents | | college | | paying for college | | cost of college |
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Mint.com expert interview on paying for college

We recently had the opportunity to share our advice on funding higher education with Mint.com in their Expert Interview series. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, read though this interview to learn some great tips on the best ways to pay for college.

| paying for college | | funding college | | higher education | | cost of college | | saving for college | | Mint | | interview | | student loans |
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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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How to save for college in the Sweet Sixteen states

It’s March Madness time! In honors of tonight’s first round of games between the Sweet 16 bracket, we’ve put together a slideshow highlighting the teams by state, and the 529 college savings plans offered by each state.

| saving for college | | march madness | | sweet sixteen | | paying for college | | cost of college | | tuition | | scholarship | | basketball |
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Will the Student Aid Bill of Rights help your family?

Last week President Obama signed a presidential memorandum outlining a plan intended to help dissolve the student debt crisis. The Student Aid Bill of Rights focuses on four key issues related to helping students pay for college and helping graduates manage and repay their student loans.

| financial aid | | student loans | | student debt | | paying for college | | cost of college | | saving for college |
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5 secrets to winning a college scholarship

The assumption that one has to be a perfect 4.0 student to win college scholarships has stopped a lot of talented students from even applying. Here are five secrets to winning a college scholarship that award recipients swear by.

| scholarships | | paying for college | | cost of college | | winning a scholarship | | gpa |
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Understanding your student loans and how to repay them

With so many loan repayment options out there it’s 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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Automatic scholarships: New way to impact college planning

Looking for scholarships to help pay for college? Learn how the Raise.me platform helps students earn automatic "micro-scholarships" towards participating colleges for every milestone they achieve throughout high school.

| scholarships | | paying for college | | micro scholarships | | cost of college | | leadership |
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5 ways to avoid student loans

If you want your teenager to go to college without taking student loans, it’s important that you make a plan right now to prepare for that. Rachel Cruze explains a few ideas for how to get started.

| student loans | | cost of college | | paying for college | | guest blog |
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What would you do with free community college?

In case you haven't heard, President Obama recently announced a plan that would allow some students to attend two years of community college for free. Here are five ways families could take advantage of the potential savings of this plan, should it come to fruition.

| paying for college | | cost of college | | community college | | Barack Obama | | free college |
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Which is best: 529 college savings plan or Roth IRA?

When it comes to choosing the best way to save for college, many people turn to tax-advantaged investment vehicles like Roth IRAs and 529 college savings plans. If you're on the fence about which savings vehicle to use, take a look at this breakdown of how each one works.

| 529 plan | | college savings | | saving for college | | cost of college | | savings options | | IRA | | Roth IRA |
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529 plans and the FAFSA

Before you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it's a good idea to understand how your current savings, including those in 529 plans, are analyzed in calculating your financial aid eligibility.

| 529 plan | | saving for college | | financial aid | | paying for college | | FAFSA | | financial aid eligibility | | cost of college |
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Introducing the NEW College Savings Planner on Savingforcollege.com!

It's time to change the way you think about college savings. Meet the College Savings Planner, an innovative tool that allows you to design a customized savings strategy to help you meet your specific goals. Try it out!

| 529 plan | | college savings | | saving for college | | college savings planner | | grandparents | | cost of college | | paying for college | | college savings tool |
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Despite rising tuition prices, more students are just saying "No" to loans

Last week, the College Board released its annual "Trends in College Pricing" report, which revealed some much needed positive news regarding student borrowing.

| student loans | | cost of college | | paying for college | | 529 plan | | financial aid |
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5 reasons to keep your 529 plan open during college

Even if there's only a small balance left in your 529 plan after paying your tuition bills, it's usually a smart idea to keep the plan up and running. Learn why.

| 529 plan | | paying for college | | 529 plan withdrawals | | qualified expenses | | cost of attendance | | grandparents | | tax benefits |
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You're saying my financial advisor can help me plan for college?

Most parents and grandparent already know that they can open a 529 plan through an advisor, but what they may not realize is that advisors are also helping to make college attainable in other ways.

| 529 plan | | saving for college | | financial professional | | financial advisor | | cost of college | | paying for college | | |
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Five reasons competency-based education might be for you

Competency-based education is a new trend in online higher education that caters to those who may have financial or time restraints that prevent a traditional college experience. Here are five reasons why this non-traditional type of college program might be for you.

| 529 plan | | paying for college | | eligible institution | | nontraditional learning | | online education | | cost of college |
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4 Ways Families Are Tackling High College Costs

According to Sallie Mae's annual How America Pays for College study that was released last week, families are getting the message about saving early for college. Learn more here.

| Sallie Mae | | College Cost | | Saving | | 529 plan | | budget |
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[INFOGRAPHIC] College Savings Timeline

Our newest "College Savings Timeline" Infographic focuses on what you can do during various stages of life to ensure an easy transition to college that won’t leave your child or grandchild burdened with excessive debt.

| infographic | | college | | saving for college | | paying for college | | scholarships | | financial aid | | 529 plan | | cost of college |
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For many college hopefuls, grandparents coming to the rescue

Parents strategizing to cover the cost of college may not have to look very far for an additional helping hand. One group of advocates is stepping up to help save for college and providing significant support: grandparents.

| grandparents | | saving for college | | paying for college | | cost of college |
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Six calculators to help you save for college

We are constantly striving to come up with new and improved tools that will help you answer some of your toughest college savings questions. See how these six calculators can assist you with your budgeting and planning decisions:

| college savings | | 529 plan | | calculators | | student loans | | cost of college | | saving for college | | tax benefits | | scholarships |
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Benefits of 529 plans - How to Save for College HQ PODCAST

In this "How to Save for College HQ" Podcast, Celest Horton and Kathryn Flynn discuss the benefits of 529 plans and the importance of starting to save as soon as possible.

| 529 plan | | saving for college | | cost of college | | tax benefits | | |
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Scoring an athletic scholarship

This year's World Cup has given us sports fever! In today's blog post, we discuss the realistic probability of achieving a sports scholarship, and why opening a 529 college savings account is an excellent back-up plan.

| paying for college | | saving for college | | scholarships | | sports | | world cup | | cost of college |
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Don't be fooled by 529 plan sticker shock

Many critics of 529 plans who are hesitant to invest because they feel that the fees associated with these types of plans will eat away at their earnings. However, these claims leave out one of the most lucrative advantages of a 529 plan - the tax benefits.

| 529 plan | | cost of college | | saving for college | | 529 plan performance | | tax benefits |
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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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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.

| college | | paying for college | | saving for college | | student loans | | interest rates | | interest rate increase | | 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings day | | 529 day | | cost of college |
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5 ways to cut college costs

The last thing you want is to have your child graduate college burdened with student loans. Here are five ways anyone can put away extra money for college, regardless of income.

| saving for college | | paying for college | | student loans | | higher education | | scholarships | | room and board | | cost of tuition | | 529 plan | | 529 college savings plan |
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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.

| 529 plan | | 529 plans | | college savings | | st. patricks day | | 529 plan assets | | college costs | | higher education | | grandparents | | 529 plan contributions |
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[INFOGRAPHIC] How much do you need to save for college?

Our latest infographic looks at the actual expenses related to higher education and how American families are footing the bill to pay for college.

| infographic | | college | | college costs | | 529 | | 529 plan | | college savings | | college cost calculator | | paying for college | | saving for college |
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Did college just get less expensive?

The College Board this week released its annual report "Trends in College Pricing" containing data that suggests college tuition inflation may be slowing. This is good news for your clients concerned about funding future college costs for their children and grandchildren.

| College Cost | | 529 Plan | | Expensive | | Trends in College Pricing |
 

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