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A 529 plan is an account specifically designed to help you save for college or K-12 education-related expenses. Using a 529 can make it much easier to reach your savings goal. 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.
Here’s how it works. You contribute to an account that you control on behalf of a specific beneficiary. You can withdraw the money tax-free anytime—as long as it’s used to pay for qualified educational expenses at any eligible private or public college, university, graduate school, or vocational school anywhere in the U.S. 529 plans can also be used tax-free to cover certain tuition expenses at K-12 public, private, and religious schools1.
When you save with a 529 plan, you may also be eligible for a state income tax deduction depending on your state of residence. If you live in Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, or Pennsylvania, contributions to any 529 plan are eligible for the state's income tax deduction. State tax or other benefits should be one of many factors to be considered prior to making an investment decision.
Opening a T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan account is the first step in helping to make higher education more affordable for a child. Open your college savings plan account today with as little as $50 a month or a $250 initial contribution.
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.
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. You can invest any amount up to the account balance maximum of $475,000 per beneficiary.
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.
The Enrollment-Based Portfolios are targeted to an expected school enrollment date. They start out invested more aggressively - with a focus on stock funds - then adjust over time with more of a focus on bond funds in an effort to reduce risk as the target date nears.
Our Static Portfolios offer a fixed strategy, which means the underlying allocation does not change over time.
We are committed to helping families plan and save for future education expenses. That’s why we offer tools and resources that help you plan and prepare for your child’s academic future.
With nearly 20 years of providing college savings guidance, the T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan is a national plan with a solid record of investment performance.
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The availability of tax benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements, such as residency, purpose for or timing of distributions, or other factors as applicable
529 plans vary from state to state, and each has somewhat different costs, investment options, and tax incentives. In addition, an account holder may have limited investment options, depending on the particulars of the plan you select. When choosing the plan that works for your goal, compare the features of your state’s 529 plan with others to weigh the plan benefits.
Each quarter, Savingforcollege.com analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios, comparing the reported investment performance of a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan to produce their rankings.
Portfolios from direct-sold 529 plans are assigned to a specific asset-allocation category. Within each category, portfolios are compared and ranked based on published investment returns. Separate rankings are produced for different performance periods (one-year, three-year, five-year, and 10-year investment periods). An overall (or "composite") performance score is calculated for each 529 plan for a given performance period based on the plan's performance rankings for each asset-allocation category, taking into account the varying returns among the different asset-allocation categories. To produce the composite ranking for a plan, the plan’s composite performance score is compared to the composite performance scores of all other 529 plans.
Past performance cannot guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance results used for these rankings, resulting in different rankings that may be lower than those shown.
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.