Congratulations! You have four years of tuition, room and board stashed away in your 529 plan, and your child hasn’t even graduated from high school yet. Now you can breathe easily, right? Well … maybe, maybe not.
A 529 plan is a great vehicle to start saving for your child’s college education expenses. Much like your 401(k) plan at work, 529 plans offer a set list of investments and the assets inside can grow tax free. We have created some projections to help you understand what balances you might expect if you save $50, $100, $200 or $300 monthly along with some key takeaways.
Full transparency: Before I had kids, I looked at day care graduation photos with a certain level of judgment and cynicism. It seemed silly to me, like participation trophies. I liked the idea of celebrating just one major graduation, which represented the culmination of all a child’s academic achievements over the years. But then I …