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529 & Other College Savings Plans For Dummies 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:
This down-to-earth book is designed to explain the strategies that are out there to help you save, save, save. There’s no doubt that the bill will be large; there’s 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:
In this one-size-fits-all world, the powers that be have recognized that all people don’t save money the same way. Some save more, some save less, some can live with risk, and others can’t tolerate any risk. Clearly, no two are alike, but you’re all savers, either present or potential. Numerous options exist that make saving possible and desirable for everyone. 529 & Other College Savings Plans For Dummies 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.
Part I: Figuring Out the Cost of College — and How to Pay It.
Chapter 1: Braving the New World of College Savings.
Chapter 2: Checking Out the Cost of College.
Chapter 3: Realizing All Your Resources.
Chapter 4: Sharpening Your Savings Techniques.
Part II: Piecing Together Section 529 Plans.
Chapter 5: Laying Down the Basics of Section 529 Plans.
Chapter 6: Applying Section 529 Plans to Your Household.
Chapter 7: Weighing the Pros and Cons of Section 529 Plans.
Part III: Uncovering Coverdell Accounts.
Chapter 8: The Changing World of Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.
Chapter 9: The Mechanics of Coverdells.
Chapter 10: Figuring the Pluses and Minuses of Coverdell Accounts.
Part IV: Filling In the Gaps: More Ways to Save for College.
Chapter 11: Saving for College with Qualified U.S. Savings Bonds.
Chapter 12: Setting Up Personal Investment Accounts for Yourself and Your Kids.
Chapter 13: Saving for College in Trust Accounts.
Chapter 14: Saving in Your Retirement Plans: The IRA Dilemma.
Chapter 15: Selling or Refinancing Your Family’s House.
Chapter 16: Accessing Scholarships and Awards.
Chapter 17: Turning On the Financial Aid Faucet.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Musts for Successful Savings.
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Dodge the Tax Code Minefield.
Appendix: Section 529 Plans, State by State.