Understanding 529 Plans

Use this section to learn about 529 Plans, see answers to commonly asked 529 questions and get the latest news from the 529 industry. You can take a tutorial to explain 529 Plans and learn about how to save for college most effectively.

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For Grandparents

Grandparents and 529s work well together! In this section we explain gift rules, retirement planning and how best to provide for your grandchild's college education.

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The magic number for college savings

The day finally arrives when you get to bring your new baby home from the hospital. Maybe you've already given some thought to saving for her college education. If not, you can be sure that one of your friends will remark in a joking sort of way that paying for college in 18 years could put you in the poorhouse. So you ask yourself how much you really should be putting away for each month to prepare.

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