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Understanding Coverdell ESAs

In 2002, the Education IRA was renamed the Coverdell Education Savings Account.

These accounts work very much like a 529 plan, offering tax-free investment growth and tax-free withdrawals when the funds are spent on qualified education expenses. However, in addition to college expenses, certain K-12 purchases are also considered qualified when using a Coverdell ESA.

Also, Coverdell ESAs have much lower maximum contribution limits per child, and they are only available to families below a specified income level. Learn more about Coverdell ESAs using the links below.

A thorough explanation of one of the least-understood investment vehicles around, the Coverdell Education Savings Account.

We have assembled this list of low-cost Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA).


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