In plain english
Sending your 1 year old child to an In-state public in 2035 for 4 years will cost about for a family with a household income of $100,000.
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Summary of using 529 plans for college expenses
- Federal tax-free treatment of 529 plans applies to any funds withdrawn to cover qualified higher education expenses (QHEE) or K-12 tuition.
- The earnings portion of non-qualified withdrawals is subject to federal income tax, as well as an additional 10% penalty.
How much do you need to save for college expenses?
This calculator is designed to help you create the most effective funding strategy to cover your expected college costs using a 529 plan. Note that attendance costs and scholarship availability can vary considerably from school to school. The World’s Simplest College Cost Calculator allows you to estimate costs based on school types (ie. In-state public universities).
Using this calculator
- Confirm your child's age, your household income, the type of school you are saving for, and either your monthly contribution or the percent of costs covered slider. For example, if you would like to cover half of your child’s expected cost of attendance, set the slider to 50%.
- Click on the “Edit your answers” link to change the yearly school cost, expected scholarships and grants, inflation rate, expected rate of return, or current college savings balance.
- If the total cost of college is greater than your expected 529 plan balance, you will see a figure labeled 'College savings gap.'
Potential 529 state tax benefits
Some states offer tax deductions for contributions to a 529 plan, which could further increase projected college savings if you invest your tax benefits. Read more about state tax benefits for 529 plans, and estimate your state tax savings with our Tax 529 Calculator.