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529 Plans 101

By Amy Perry

  • March 11, 2022
  • 2 min read

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If your family is anything like mine, dinner conversation turns to finances midway through the meal. After my dad asks if I need money (mind you, I’m nearly 40), he naturally asks about the grandkids — ages 6, 6, and 10.

Now, when I was a kid, my grandfather gave me and my brothers silver dollars to tuck away for college. I imagined they would amass quite the fortune, but, at best, a few hundred dollars for books.

My dad isn’t handing out silver coins, but he is asking about 529 plans. Today, I can have a good conversation with him on the topic, but that wasn’t always the case.

There was a time I used to wonder, “What’s a 529?” It’s an easy question to ask — so easy that people glaze right over it, heading to the intermediate stuff before graduating the basics. For myself, “adulting” means admitting there’s still plenty to learn, even at age 40.

Learn a little more today and take a crash course on 529 plans on us!

 

If you don’t know exactly what a 529 plan is, don’t worry, 64% of parents don’t either.

 

A new day

529s always pop up when talking about saving for college. Whole articles are written about them, experts are interviewed on them, and family members ask about them. If you don’t know exactly what a 529 plan is, don’t worry, 64% of parents don’t either. But good news, today is the day that changes.

529 plans are a powerful way to save for college. And more families need to understand what they are and how they work. Thankfully, you can start here!

Use this page as an introduction to 529s and find out:

  • What makes a savings plan a 529.
  • What falls under the 529 umbrella.
  • Why even use a 529 plan to save for college.
  • How one 529 plan can complement the other.

Get started.

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Where to go next with 529 plans

This was just the start.

Making the best decision for your family doesn’t have to happen overnight. Take the time to do the research, ask your questions, and land on a plan that’s right for you.

Feeling confident is more important than jumping into anything fast. We’re here to help you get on the right path with the right footing.

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