529 & Other College Savings Plans for Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 12, 2003 - Business & Economics - 340 pages
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Thereís no question: The cost of college continues to soar, even when the rest of the economy stagnates, and this reality is not likely to change any time soon. Fortunately, everyone, including you, the various governments (federal and state), and the colleges themselves, are in on this secret, so everyone can plan and plot, well in advance of that eventual first day of your childís freshman year, ways to get that child there, and ways to help you pay the bills when they happen. Consider this book to be your accomplice.

529 && Other College Savings Plans For Dummies</i> is simply a way to find a reasonable solution to a seemingly unreasonable problem: saving for future college costs in the sanest, least stressful way possible for you. In keeping with the theme of stress reduction, you can use this book in a variety of ways

    li>As a reference: Itís all here: the ins, the outs, the doís, and the doníts. The world of college savings is one of very specific rules, and theyíre here, in all their glory, and theyíre all explained
  • As an advisor: Itís a case of the very good savings techniques, the merely okay savings techniques, and the truly ugly techniques (which you really want to avoid), and this book highlights them all
  • As a little light reading: Amazingly enough, the topic of money can be mildly amusing, and college savings is no exception. Read this with an eye towards the absurd, and you wonít go far wrong

This down-to-earth book is designed to explain the strategies that are out there to help you save, save, save. Thereís no doubt that the bill will be large; thereís also no question that, with planning, strategy, and purpose, you can achieve your goal. To help you get there, this book covers all these vital topics, and more

    li>Evaluating all your resource
  • Understanding the basics of Section 529 plan
  • Working around the 529 shortcoming
  • Contributing to Coverdell account
  • Choosing savings bonds that wor
  • Looking at your investment option
  • Searching for scholarships, fellowships, and grant
  • Tapping into your Roth IR
  • Financial Aid 10

In this one-size-fits-all world, the powers that be have recognized that all people donít save money the same way. Some save more, some save less, some can live with risk, and others canít tolerate any risk. Clearly, no two are alike, but youíre all savers, either present or potential. Numerous options exist that make saving possible and desirable for everyone. 529 && Other College Savings Plans For Dummies</i> is here to tell you that it is possible to understand the costs associated with college, both right now and in the future, and then find ways to pay for those costs

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Contents

Introduction
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and Hotf to Pay It
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Checking Out the Cost of College
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Copyright

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