Helping meet the cost of a college education
The cost for your newborn's four-year degree at an in-state public college could total almost $270,000. For private college, that cost could rise to almost $530,000.1 Investing regularly gives you the potential to meet your long-term college planning goals.2
529 College Savings Plan
Consider a tax-advantaged Section 529 college savings plan to invest for a college education.
Coverdell ESA
Consider a tax-advantaged Coverdell Education Savings Account to invest for a child's K-12 or college education.
Custodial UGMA/UTMA
Consider a Custodial UGMA/UTMA (Uniform Gifts to Minors/Uniform Transfers to Minors) to gift money to a minor.
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Before you invest in a Section 529 plan, request the plan's official statement and read it carefully. The official statement contains more complete information, including investment objectives, charges, expenses and risks of investing in the 529 plan, which you should consider carefully before investing. You should also consider whether your home state or your beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's 529 plan. Section 529 plans are not guaranteed by any state or federal agency.

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1, College Cost Calculator, as of December 2012. Assumes 6% college cost inflation rate.

2 An automatic investment plan does not assure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. Such a plan involves continuous investment in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels; Investors should carefully consider their financial ability to continue their purchases through periods of fluctuating price levels.

3 To be eligible for favorable tax treatment afforded to any earnings portion of withdrawals from Section 529 accounts, such withdrawals must be used for "qualified higher-education expenses," as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. Any earnings withdrawn that are not used for such expenses are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10% additional federal tax, as well as applicable state and local income taxes.