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College costs are rising Figures include tuition, fees, room, and board. Estimated growth rate of 5.0%. Sources: The College Board, 2009; and www.FinAid.org, 2009. Four years of tuition, room, and board 2009 Public college $65,570 Private college $153,596 $157,801 2027 $369,646
College debt is also rising Undergraduates nationwide use loans to finance 49% of their college costs. The average college senior owes $19,237 at graduation. The median starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor’s degree is $50,900. Sources: Trends in Student Aid 2007 (The College Board); National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, Trends in Undergraduate Borrowing II, March 2008.
Benefits of a 529 plan? <ul><li>An investment account with tax advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All 50 States have at least one sponsored 529 Plan and these allow for deposits to be state tax deductible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualified withdrawals are federally and state tax free </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lower estate-tax liability without sacrificing control of your assets </li></ul>
Start early, contribute often This chart is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to be representative of past or future performance. The Jones family saves $340 monthly for 18 years. The Smith family saves $1,219 monthly for 8 years. Assumes a hypothetical 8% annual return compounded monthly. The Jones family starts saving today, contributing $340 every month Total contribution $73,440 The Smith family waits 10 years to start saving, contributing $1,219 every month Total contribution $117,024 Earnings $89,714 Account value $163,154 after 18 years Earnings $46,130 Account value $163,154 after 8 years
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