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Congratulations on your new addition! We know there are a lot of decisions to make and it can feel overwhelming. That's why we've made it easy to help you start saving for college—even before your baby arrives. Although college may seem far away, opening a T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan account early puts the power of time and earnings potential, on your side.
Our 529 plan is a simple, affordable way for families to put aside money for college tuition and education-related expenses as well as K-12 tuition expenses for public, private, and religious schools. You make contributions to your plan using after-tax dollars, but earnings are tax-deferred while invested and tax-free when used for qualified higher educational expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, computer technology, and equipment as well as certain expenses for special needs students. The "529" refers to the section of the Internal Revenue Code that created these plans.
You always have access to the savings in your account for anything that life throws your way. Flexibility like this is why our plan suits nearly every budget or savings goal.
Based on the year your child will enter college, our Enrollment-Based Portfolios automatically adjust to a more conservative strategy in an effort to reduce risk as that date nears. Our Static Portfolios offer a fixed strategy, which means the underlying allocation does not change over time.
No matter what option you determine is best for you and your family, it takes only $50 a month to get started.
It’s a great way to save for college whether you’re a grandparent, family member, or family friend. There are no limits on age, income, or relationship with the beneficiary. And you can invest any amount up to the account balance maximum of $475,000 per beneficiary.
And if you’d rather not open an account of your own, you can make a gift contribution to any child’s college savings plan with the GoTuition gifting portal.
The gift of education is the perfect present for every child’s future.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, the same can be said about sending your child to college. When you open a T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan you have the added benefit of enrolling in the GoTuition gifting portal. It's an online tool that makes it easy and more comfortable for you to ask friends and family to contribute to your child's 529 plan in lieu of gifts for traditional celebrations like graduations, holidays, and birthdays.
Contributions to a T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan can have a long-term impact on your child’s future. And when you add it to your Babylist registry, it makes it easy for family and friends to contribute to your child’s education.
To get started you may need to open the account with yourself as the account holder and beneficiary until your baby has arrived and you’ve received their social security number. Don’t worry, we can help you update your account once they are born!
With all the information out there, planning and preparing for your child’s higher education is no easy task. The Education Planning Center is an online tool that makes it easy to see if you're on track with your savings goals, provides age-specific passports from birth to graduation, and information on financial aid, scholarships, and grants. Best of all, with the Education Planning Center dashboard, you can view the information for all your children in one place for a constant, focused view of your savings progress.
What’s more, assets in the plan can be used at nearly every private or public college, university, graduate school, or vocational school in the U.S. It covers qualified expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, computer technology, and equipment.
Effective January 1, 2018, the assets in the plan can also be used to cover tuition expenses (up to $10,000 per student per year) for K-12 public, private, and religious schools.1
As an added benefit for those interested in attending the University of Alaska, participants with an active account for two or more years may be eligible for resident tuition rates without regard to residency.
Opening a T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan account is the first step to helping make higher education more affordable for a child. Getting started is easy. Open your college savings plan account today with as little as $50 a month or a $250 initial contribution. The sooner you get started, the more you can potentially save.
The sooner you start saving, the more you could potentially have for higher education expenses. It's that simple. The sooner you start investing, the longer you have for your savings to potentially grow. So put time on your side and start saving today.
You can start saving even before your baby arrives. In fact, opening an account today not only means you'll have one less thing to remember to do later, but it will give your investment more time to potentially grow. Plus, you have the flexibility to make changes to your account whenever you want.
*Chart assumes a hypothetical 6% rate of return compounded monthly. This chart is for illustrative purposes only, and does not predict or project the return of any specific investment option. Investment returns in the T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan will vary and may be higher or lower than this example.
1While distributions to cover K-12 tuition are tax-free on the federal level, state tax treatment will vary, and you should check with your tax professional for details.