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Things to consider

Investment vehicles like 529 Plans are a great consideration for parents and grandparents to help offset some of the financial burden of paying for college. But decisions around who owns the account and how funds are distributed can significantly impact a student’s eligibility for aid.

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Plan in thirds

On average, about one-third of a student’s college costs are funded by scholarships and aid, another one-third comes from parent income and savings, and the final one-third will be in student loans.

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Convert old UGMA/UTMA accounts

Not only is the process of converting to a 529 Plan relatively easy, but it may also improve your child’s eligibility for financial aid.

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Time your 529 Plan distributions

Consider delaying distributions from 529 Plan accounts owned by grandparents so they don’t count as income and reduce aid eligibility.

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Think retirement first

Be careful not to focus so much on education saving that you end up derailing your own retirement plan.

What to ask your Janney Financial Advisor

  • What options do I have to save/invest for my child or grandchild’s education?
  • How do 529 Plans work and how are the savings taxed?
  • Will money that I save in a 529 Plan account impact my child or grandchild’s eligibility for financial aid?
  • Given my current financial situation, how should I allocate monthly savings between my retirement accounts and my child’s 529 Plan?





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