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11/11/2015 at 1:59pm

Last week, several members of the Private College 529 Plan board presented a session on 529 plans at the College Board Forum.  Our data showed that colleges expect middle and upper income families to save for college, but they are not. We suggested that it is in the best interests of colleges and universities to find ways to promote savings in 529 plans. To distribute the information more widely, I've written a blog post for the Brookings Institution's Brown Center Chalkboard blog.

5/29/2015 at 10:56am

May 29 is “529 College Savings Day.” As president of a 529 prepaid tuition plan, this is a time to remember that planning and saving for college is more advantageous than borrowing. To cite one example, to pay $10,000 of college costs, a family could save $58 a month for 10 years at 7% interest. That’s $7,000 in principal and $3,000 coming in earnings.

5/18/2015 at 3:39pm

I saw Daymond John’s keynote presentation at the recent conference held by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) in San Diego. His advice can make a difference in so many ways, and I even apply it to planning for college.


5/8/2015 at 4:03pm

Recent growth in membership of Private College 529 Plan is an important reason for financial advisors to encourage their clients to explore the use of this non-traditional, prepaid investment vehicle, according to a recent article in Investment News magazine, a publication widely read by the nation’s financial advisors.


4/27/2015 at 2:00pm

This is the time of the year when many students choose which of the colleges that accepted them to attend. It is a major decision that for many will clearly be shaping their future. How well will their college have prepared them for the challenges of life, including their economic well-being, health, family, civil engagement, and achieving their dreams.


3/13/2015 at 2:59pm

March Madness. Daylight Saving Time. Daffodils and tulips.

They’re all signs of spring.

But my favorite harbinger is tax refund season. With the federal income tax deadline only about a month away, millions of American taxpayers are filing their 2014 returns. Many are getting refunds. So far this year, the average refund is about $3,000, according to IRS data. 

2/23/2015 at 3:09pm

I got a first-hand inkling last week of just how much 2015’s high school seniors understand about the cost of college, debt, and the importance of saving.

I’m active with my college alumni association and had to read about three dozen applications for alumni scholarships that that my local chapter awards. Reviewing these applications, I noted a few themes:

12/9/2014 at 3:59pm

$9,804. $32,762. $42,419. Those are figures you’re seeing in the College Board’s recently-released Trends in College Pricing survey. Tuition isn’t rising as fast as recent years but still outpaces inflation. The figures are for some families quite real and for most, terribly misleading. The increasing cost of college is a challenge for many families; an equally important challenge is to help the American people understand that for many, indeed most families, the cost of college is far, far less and with prudent planning within their reach. 

1/14/2014 at 10:16am

Private College 529 Plan featured a great college savings option for money resolutions in the new year

Private College 529 Plan featured in today's article in "Money Resolutions 2014" as an effective college savings option. The Plan offers a way to lock in tuition today for up to 30 years at any 270+ participating private colleges and universities.