Supporting a child’s education can be one of the most rewarding aspects of success and one of the most important elements in your financial plan. With rising inflation and the ever-growing cost of education, planning to contribute to another’s higher education may require an early start.
There are a variety of investment vehicles and tax-efficient options available to assist in contributions towards the cost of higher education. As your trusted partner, our knowledge and professional guidance can help you analyze the tax benefits, ownership structure, risk and contribution limits involved. We can even offer our expertise on what to do with your leftover education funds if your aspiring academic earns that well-deserved scholarship!
529 College Savings Plan
When you invest in potential, you’ll do more than help make the dream of education possible for the student(s) in your life… You could provide the inspiration for a legacy of higher learning that’s passed on for generations to come. What’s more, the funds you contribute have the ability to grow tax-deferred, and eventually be withdrawn, tax-free.*
Working together, we choose the investment strategy that is right for you and your student, keeping in mind the generous contribution limits that exist, regardless of income level.
*Certain conditions may apply. Earnings in 529 plans are not subject to federal tax, and in most cases, state tax, so long as you use withdrawals for eligible education expenses, such as tuition and room and board. However, if you withdraw money from a 529 plan and do not use it on an eligible education expense, you generally will be subject to income tax and an additional 10% federal tax penalty on earnings. Investors should consider before investing, whether the investor’s or the designated beneficiary’s home state offers state tax or other benefits only available for investments in such state’s 529 savings plan. Such benefits include financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors. 529 plans offered outside their resident state may not provide the same tax benefits as those offered within their state.
UGMA/UTMA Custodial Accounts
Although UGMA and UTMA accounts are not designed specifically for college savings, they offer advantages including multiple investment options, limited tax benefits and the ability for a parent to transfer assets to a child without needing to establish a more costly trust. However, contributions to these accounts are irrevocable and parents lose control of the funds when the child becomes 18 – 21 (age varies by state). We help you navigate these considerations, providing solutions tailored to your families’ funding needs.