As a parent who is looking to save for your child’s college education, you may have a lot of questions about the best approach for you. In addition to helping you save for college, our financial planners will consider your personal investment goals and how to fit your college saving plan in with your retirement planning.
At Castle Wealth Management, we utilize iShares 529 college savings plans that are not available to retail clients. We’ll simplify the process of purchasing a 529 plan, help you understand their nuances, and have you walking away with the best plan for your particular needs.
According to the SEC, a 529 plan, or qualified tuition plan, is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. There are two types of 529 plans available: prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans.
A prepaid tuition plan allows an account owner to purchase units or credits at participating colleges or universities for future tuition of the account beneficiary.
A college savings plan lets an account holder open an investment account to save for the account beneficiary’s qualified higher education expenses or tuition for elementary or secondary public, private, or religious schools.
The below chart shows some of the differences of the two plans:
As the account holder, you may choose from a variety of investment options including:
*These investments automatically shift towards a more conservative mix of investments as the student approaches college.
Our goal is to provide personal service coupled with current and extensive financial knowledge. We navigate the course for our clients to follow. A well diversified portfolio, a long-term investment horizon and a documented plan enables our clients to reach their goals.