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How to Pick the Right 529 College Savings Plan

Finding the ideal 529 college savings plan for you doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you can choose from among most state 529 plans, no matter where you live or where your loved one plans to attend college.

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Create a custom scenario to calculate your savings potential with up to four different 529 plans - including fee comparison, state tax advantages, and your personal savings goals.

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How to Pick the Right 529 College Savings Plan (The Latest from James Ray)

August 2016

Finding the perfect 529 college savings plan doesn’t have to be hard, especially when you can choose any state 529 plan, no matter where you live or where your loved one plans to attend college. Check out this month’s feature article from James Ray, TIAA’s resident college savings expert, to learn more.

3 Reasons Why a 529 College Savings Plan is More Affordable Than You Think (The Latest from James Ray)

July 2016

A 529 college savings plan is more affordable than you think. Check out this month’s feature article from James Ray, TIAA’s resident college savings expert, for his top 3 reasons why.

529 College Savings Plans: Smart for You, Smart for Your Grandchild (The Latest from James Ray)

June 2016

A 529 college savings plan is a unique savings strategy in that it allows you to support your grandchild’s future and enjoy personal financial advantages along the way. Check out this month’s feature article from James Ray, TIAA’s resident college savings expert, to learn about a few of the key benefits grandparents ask about most.

Saving for College: A Step-by-Step Guide for Grandparents (The Latest from James Ray)

April 2016

Investing in a 529 college savings plan is a great way to support your grandchild’s future. The good news is you don’t have to be an expert investor to make it happen. In fact, a 529 college savings plan is designed with families in mind: it’s easy to open, easy to manage and extremely flexible. Check out this month’s feature article from James Ray, TIAA’s resident college savings expert, to find out how simple it is to get started.

Don’t be fooled! The Top 3 Myths About 529 College Savings Plans (The Latest from James Ray)

March 2016

Want to support your grandchild and enjoy tax advantages along the way? You can do just that with a 529 college savings plan, and TIAA is here to help you get started. Check out this month’s feature article from James Ray, TIAA’s resident college savings expert.

Plan Costs: At-a-Glance

Compare plan fees and weigh the potential impact of state tax benefits.

529 College Savings Plan Basics

Learn the essentials about 529 college savings plans - what they are and how they can help your college savings goals.

Types of Investment Options

Explore the different types of investment options you can select when signing up for a 529 college savings plan account.

529 Plan Cost Comparison Calculator

There are a lot of 529 college savings plans to choose from - and sorting through all the information can be difficult. Use this calculator to compare the costs of different 529 college savings plans in three easy steps.

529 College Saving Plan Fees: Controlling Your Costs

Get the information you need to know about different 529 college savings plan fees. Learn what to look for to find a plan that matches your investment priorities for the lowest possible cost.

Your Initial Investment: Starting Off Right

Learn about how the size of your initial investment could have potential benefits to account yield.

Do 529 Plans Affect Financial Aid?

Discover strategies for navigating the different ways 529 college savings plans can impact financial aid.

Side-by-Side Plan Comparison Tool

Compare and contrast different 529 college savings plan information through the reports generated by this tool.

Making the Decision: Choosing a Home State vs. Out-of-State 529 College Savings Plan

TIAA explains some of the pros and cons of choosing a home state versus an out-of-state 529 college savings plan.

College Savings Calculator: Estimating Your College Costs

Use the College Savings Calculator to look at your personal goals around how much you want to be investing for your loved one’s college education.

Rolling Over Your Current College Savings

Learn how you can transfer funds to a new 529 college savings plan from a Coverdell Education Savings Account or an existing 529 college savings plan.

Help Your Grandchildren

Our guide will help you talk to your grandchildren about money and saving.

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