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    Ever since the political backlash the president endured after talking about the possibility of taxing 529 plan earnings, legislation about improving 529 plans that was sitting still has now become a marathon runner towards the congressional finish line.

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    The Senate Finance Committee approved S. 335, the companion bill to H.R. 529, which was passed with a bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives in February.

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    This brochure summarizes what 529 plans are doing to target low and moderate income families to help them save for college.

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How to Take the Mystery out of considering a Prepaid Tuition Plan

By Lauren Shipley
Director of Marketing
College Savings Plans of Maryland

Around this time of year families start to prepare for their recent high school graduate to go off to college.  Some have looked at their financial aid package and breathed a sigh of relief because they saved, while others have gone into a state of panic.

Studies have shown that saving versus borrowing can cut the cost of college in half.  529 plans, tax-deferred vehicles for saving for college, can provide that sigh of relief for families willing to set goals to save for college.  

Many do not realize there are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and savings plans. A prepaid tuition plan allows you to pay a child’s tuition and fees in advance, with the intent of locking in today’s prices.

Sometimes prepaid plans can be hard to understand compared to the standard savings plan.  So, let’s see if we can narrow down some of things you should consider.  

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