The cost of a college education can be daunting and there are many options to consider. It’s never too early to begin a funding plan for your child’s college education. As always, it’s the disciplined approach that emphasizes consistency with your overall goals and objectives that will bring the greatest success towards accumulating the necessary amount of money.
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The cost of a college education may be daunting for many people and/or families. If you are fortunate enough to have sufficient time to save, your road to paying for a higher education for your children will be a lot less difficult. Choosing between a public or private institution can also make a big difference in how much you will need to save. If you qualify, financial aid may also be a factor.
So. . . today’s the day you’ve decided to implement a comprehensive savings program geared toward paying future college tuition. Here are some valuable options for help in accumulating the necessary amount of money:
It’s never too early to begin your child’s college funding plan. As time goes by, you will need to re-evaluate whether you are using the appropriate savings vehicles, and whether or not you will have a funding shortfall. If you can anticipate your savings will fall short of covering your child’s entire college bill, you will be in a better position to thoroughly explore and potentially take advantage of alternative funding options. However, keep in mind, like other types of financial planning, your child’s college funding plan requires a disciplined approach that emphasizes consistency with your overall goals and objectives.
*There is no guarantee that the plan will grow to cover college expenses. In addition, depending upon the laws of your home state or designated beneficiary, favorable state tax treatment or other benefits offered by such home state for investing in 529 college savings plans may be available only if you invest in the home state's 529 college savings plan. Any state-based benefit offered with respect to a particular 529 college savings plan should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be considered in making an investment decision. You should consult with your financial, tax or other adviser to learn more about how state-based benefits (including any limitations) would apply to your specific circumstances and also may wish to contact your home state or any other 529 college savings plan to learn more about the features, benefits and limitations of that state's 529 college savings plan. You may also go to www.collegesavings.org for more information.
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