In this episode Melissa Joy, CFP, ® and Ann Garcia, CFP®, a financial advisor and author of the popular College Financial Lady blog, discuss why a 529 plan is a great vehicle for college savings. They cover everything from asset weighting on the FAFSA form, flexibility on what colleges your child can attend, and how they help maximize tax savings. Did you know if your 529 is overfunded because your student got a scholarship, you don’t pay the penalty on withdrawals of the amount that is overfunded due to the scholarship, only taxes on the gain? If you have a child who may attend college some day, this is a must listen episode to help plan financially.
529 Plans For College Savings Podcast
You will learn:
- The benefits of 529 plans and why they are an excellent option for funding higher education.
- Explanation of what 529 plans are and how they differ from other college savings options.
- Tax advantages of 529 plans, including tax-free growth and potential state tax deductions/credits.
- Flexibility of 529 plans, allowing for changes in beneficiaries within the family and use for K-12 tuition.
- Importance of earmarking funds specifically for college to maintain focus on savings goals and eligibility for financial aid.
- How assets are weighted on the FAFSA, with 529 plans being treated as a parental asset with a maximum of 5.64% factored into the EFC.
- Encouragement to start saving for college early to benefit from compounding and time.
- Learn more about Ann Garcia and The College Financial Lady.
- Find out about Pearl Planning.
- Read 529 Plans: How to Get Money Out.
- Listen to Episode 132: Paying For College with Ann Garcia.
- List of documents you will need to fill out the FAFSA, FAFSA Resources by the College Financial Lady.
- Sign up for the College Financial Plan Masterclass course HERE.
- Read Ann’s Book, How to Pay for College.
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