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Saving for college

How to tackle the high costs of a college education

Ideas to help you save and invest, even if you think time's not on
your side

Top 7 college savings trends

Learn about common saving and investing methods parents use, including:
  • Saving and investing earlier to make the most of potential growth from compound earnings
  • Setting realistic savings targets that don't jeopardize other priorities
  • Tapping funding sources like tax refunds before taking out loans

How most Americans pay for college

Many families rely on a number of sources to help pay for college.

529 plan benefits you may not be aware of when saving for college

A 529 plan may offer substantial federal and possibly state income tax deductions. Discover some of the hidden benefits of these tax-advantaged accounts.
More insights to help you save for college

What's your game plan to fund college?

See our step-by-step guide on saving and investing before, during and after college.

Investing for a child's education

Find resources to help you assess your needs, set realistic goals and create an action plan.
We see a definite shift from parents feeling that they have to finance 100% of college costs to realizing that there are a variety of other funding sources and strategies they can use in their saving efforts."
Richard Polimeni - Director, Education Savings Programs Merrill Lynch
Richard Polimeni
Head of Education Savings Programs, Bank of America
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