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Topic Brief: Borrow or save?
Quantify the benefits of saving early – and drawbacks of waiting.
Topic Brief: Estate planning
529 college savings plans offer estate planning benefits not available anywhere else.
Topic Brief: What is a 529?
Sometimes explaining exactly what a 529 plan is to a client (or friends and relatives) can be a chore. Here is abroad overview to walk-through, or offer as a takeaway.
Topic Brief: Selecting a 529
Everyone wants the "best" 529 plan. But selecting a plan can be tricky when taking into account taxes, matching grants, and other benefits. Here’s how to navigate the waters.
Topic Brief: Financial aid
Investors are increasingly asking their financial professional questions about financial aid. Here is a high-level overview of the financial aid process and points to consider.
Topic Brief: The Kiddie Tax
The Kiddie Tax is one of those pieces of the tax code that people forget about until it hits them. It can have a substantial negative impact on investors under the right circumstances.
Topic Brief: Picking a portfolio
529 plans might not offer thousands of options like a brokerage account, but the amount of choices can still be intimidating. Here are some things to consider when selecting an investment.
Topic Brief: Superfunding
529 plans have an incredible tax and estate planning benefit unique only to them. Here's how it works.
How Savings and Assets Affect Financial Aid
Use this guide to help your clients plan their savings to maximize future financial aid eligibility.
529 Plan Withdrawal Tips
A client-friendly guide for maximizing tax benefits and avoiding penalties when withdrawing from a 529.
Growing Your Practice with 529 Plans
A practical guide with tips and tools to help financial advisors leverage 529 plans in their practice.
The Family Guide to College Savings
The ultimate guide for families starting to learn about how to save for college. A great give-away to share with your clients!
College Savings Vehicles - Comparison Chart
- Use Savingforcollege.com's Comparison Chart as a handout at your college savings seminars (seek compliance approval as appropriate).
College Savings Vehicle
It's important to find the right college savings vehicle for your clients. Here are a few of the most popular options, and their benefits and drawbacks.
A broad overview of how to save for college focused on using 529 savings plans, including notes for each slide. (Unbranded version also available)Download
First Quarter 2017 Update for Professionals
An update on the college savings landscape including news, updated metrics, and tax points to consider as year-end approaches.
What is a 529 plan?
Sometimes explaining exactly what a 529 plan is to a client (or friends and relatives) can be a chore. Here is a broad overview to walk through, or offer as a takeaway.
What is a qualified expense?
529 plan withdrawals must be spent on qualified higher education expenses in order to avoid taxes and penalties. Learn which purchases are considered qualified.
Consult with your office/branch manager for instructions.
Commonwealth Financial Advisors, you will find your Savingsforcollege.com portal on CommunityLink in the Financial Planning Playbook under Education Planning Tools.
Visit the Education Planning page in the LPL BranchNet Resource Center to access your Savingforcollege.com portal.
Visit Tools and Forms in the Education Savings Products page in 3DResources to access your Savingforcollege.com portal.
Visit the 529 Plan Resource Center on RJ Net to access your Savingforcollege.com portal.
Visit the 529 Department page on BairdWeb to access your Savingforcollege.com portal.