529 college savings plan

(redirected from College Savings Plan)

529 College Savings Plan

An account into which persons deposit funds to save for university-related expenses. The funds in a 529 college savings account are tax-deferred and, if used directly to pay for college, tax exempt at the federal level. They are sometimes exempt at the state level as well. The plan exists in an attempt to make post-secondary education more affordable. See also: IRA, 401(k).

529 college savings plan.

Each 529 college savings plan is sponsored by a particular state or group of states, and while each plan is a little different, they share many basic elements.

When you invest in a 529 savings plan, any earnings in your account accumulate tax free, and you can make federally tax-free withdrawals to pay for qualified educational expenses, such as college tuition, room and board, and books at any accredited college, university, vocational, or technical program in the United States and a number of institutions overseas.

Some states also exempt earnings from state income tax, and may offer additional advantages to state residents, such as tax deductions for contributions.

You must name a beneficiary when you open a 529 savings plan account, but you may change beneficiaries if you wish, as long as the new beneficiary is a member of the same extended family as the original beneficiary.

In most cases, you may choose any state's plan, even if neither you nor your beneficiary live in that state. There are no income limits restricting who can contribute to a plan, and the lifetime contributions are more than $300,000 in some states.

You can make a one-time contribution of $60,000 without incurring potential gift tax, provided you don't make another contribution for five years. Or, you may prefer to add smaller amounts, up to the annual gift exclusion.

References in periodicals archive ?
Officials from the state- sponsored Oregon College Savings Plan will be on hand to explain how fattening a child's college fund can win the giver a set of state and federal tax advantages.
John Hancock has lowered fees for the John Hancock Freedom 529 college savings plan, a national, multi managed, strong performing 529 college savings plan sold through financial consultants, which recently surpassed $4 billion in assets under management.
Alaska: University of Alaska College Savings Plan (T.
Rowe Price College Savings Plan plus a very low cost option that includes a Tuition-Value Guarantee: a guarantee that the earnings will keep pace with tuition inflation if used for tuition at UA.
California already has a savings program known as ScholarShare, similar to a 529 college savings plan that is based on tax-deductible contributions.
Bryant's sociology degree at Michigan State University is also paid for under a 529 college savings plan.
For higher education costs, invest in the client's state section 529 college savings plan up to the maximum amount eligible for state tax benefits.
The book presents the fundamentals that financial advisers, parents or grandparents should know before creating a college savings plan.
In general, the college savings plan is the best way to get a large amount of assets into a college savings vehicle.
18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly three quarters (72%) of children age 18 or under have accumulated savings for college, and for many of them utilizing a 529 college savings plan has been the savings vehicle of choice.
Rowe Price College Savings Plan, open to families nationwide, ranked on top for both three-year and ten-year investment performance, while Nevada's USAA 529 College Savings Plan scored best for five-year performance.

Full browser ?