6 must-know 529 plan rules

Kathryn FlynnBy: Kathryn Flynn | 
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Many parents and grandparents are confused about 529 plan rules. A 529 college savings plan is an investment account whereyour money grows tax-free if it’s used to pay for qualified education expenses. This includes college costs, as wellas $10,000 per year in tuition expenses at private, public or religious elementary and secondary schools. Unlike othersavings vehicles, there are no income limits, and no time limits imposed. In our Annual College Savings Survey, we presented six true or false questions about 529 rules to visitors of Savingforcollege.com.Click through the slideshow to see where the biggest misconceptions lie!



1. I must use the 529 plan offered by my state of residence - FALSE

  • 20% of total respondents answered incorrectly
  • 18% of grandparents and 21% of parents answered incorrectly
  • You can enroll in almost any state’s 529 plan, no matter where you live, but your home state many offer a state tax benefitsfor residents.

Find your 529 plan - Select your state below

Did you know that residents are not limited to investing in their own state's plan? Another state may offer a plan that performs better and has lower fees. Select your state below to see your state's plan and other options.

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Find a 529 Plan. Select your state below.

Did you know that residents are not limited to investing in their own state’s plan? Another state may offer a plan that performs better and has lower fees. Select your state below to see your state’s plan and other options.

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Kathryn Flynn

Kathryn Flynn

Content Director

Kathryn is Content Director at Savingforcollege.com. She has been quoted in financial publications including the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Fortune, Money and GOBankingRates, and has been an expert guest on personal finance podcasts. Prior to Savingforcollege.com, Kathryn worked in product marketing at Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors), a global asset manager. She earned her MBA with Finance Concentration from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and has prior FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses. Kathryn has 529 college savings plans for each of her three children, and enjoys creating content to help other families prepare for future higher education costs.