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College Smarts Without the Elite Price Tag

Bad news: Nearly 25% of parents plan to use their own retirement savings to pay for college, according to a study released last week. Cashing out retirement funds early,  even for education, is a big no-no. The tax bite, never mind the lost...

Back2School: 18 Years to Save

We don’t want you stuck paying full freight for college in 10 or 15 years, so let’s explore that 529, shall we? You may not know that... There are two types of 529 plans: a pre-paid tuition plan and 529 savings plan. The pre-paid is what it...

Going Back to School—Worth It or Not?

You've been toying with the idea for years: To go back to school and do what you REALLY want. We asked over a dozen people who made that leap to tell us: Was it worth the time and money? Overall, the answer was a resounding yes. Yet most people...

The 529 Plan = Smart College Savings

A private college education could cost more than $400,000 in 18 years. 529 plans are federal tax-free savings funds specifically designed to help you save for your kids' college expenses. Some parents open a 529 plan when their child is born. If...