Course 2: Getting started with college savings

Overview

Saving for your children’s college education is one of the most worthwhile things you can do for their future. It can also be challenging if you don’t know where or how to start. This course is set up to help guide you and get you started on the right track toward reaching your goals.

Objectives

When you complete this course, you will:

  • Be able to pick the college savings plan that is best for your family
  • Learn about ways to save that you may not have considered
Course Outline
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1. Which college savings plan is best for your family? Article
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There are many investment accounts you can use to help save for a child's education. These accounts differ in features and benefits. This lesson contains a side by side comparison of three types that many families consider.

There are many investment accounts you can use to help save for a child's education. These accounts... More
2. Are you saving enough for college? Article
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This lesson includes a college savings calculator to help you see if you’re saving enough based on your personal situation. You can also use it to explore your options and try out different scenarios.

This lesson includes a college savings calculator to help you see if you’re saving enough based on... More
3. Thinking about using your retirement savings to pay for college? Think again. Article
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While a college education for your children is important, saving for retirement should be a high priority. Think twice before using retirement savings for college expenses.

While a college education for your children is important, saving for retirement should be a high... More
4. Grandparents can help Article
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There are a number of strategies for grandparents to help - this lesson will spell out the pros and cons of three popular choices. Consider how they might impact the whole family: grandparents, the grandchildren, and you.

There are a number of strategies for grandparents to help - this lesson will spell out the pros and... More
5. Teaming up with family and friends to save for college Article
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Enlisting the help of your family, friends, and your own children can reduce the burden on your shoulders, and with careful budgeting and creative strategies, you may be surprised to see how quickly a little savings can add up.

Enlisting the help of your family, friends, and your own children can reduce the burden on your... More