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9/11/2015 at 2:32pm

If you read anything about paying for college these days, you may have seen a column or two in which the author lamented that “back in the day” a student could earn the year’s tuition by working a summer job.


Of course, those times are past. Given the rising cost of college, higher education has to be paid for over time, like retirement or a home.  There are basically two options:

  • Save money in advance and earn interest, especially in tax-advantaged 529 plans

9/2/2015 at 4:15pm

The huge drop in the stock market in late August is a reason for families saving for college to explore the Private College 529 Plan. So says a leading college savings advisor writing on the web site. Troy Onink, is CEO of college planning firm,


Troy writes, and I couldn't agree more:


6/16/2015 at 1:55pm

If you are planning to open a Private College 529 account before tuition rates go up, you actually have a little more time than you might expect. You see, one second will be added to June 30 to synchronize atomic clocks with Earth’s rotation. It’s a phenomenon, known as “leap second,” which happens every few years.


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.


3/19/2015 at 2:30pm

This is an exciting time at Private College 529. We’re launching our major drive to encourage more people to plan for college and open accounts to save through our plan.


3/3/2015 at 2:53pm

Private College 529 Plan is among the best ways families can save for private college. The Wall Street Journal recently outlined a range of strategies to help families pay the rising cost of undergraduate education. Read it here.  Included in the story is account owner Marc Farinella of Melbourne Fla. He told the paper he chose Private College 529 over a 529 investment plan because it protected him and his daughter's future education against market swings and tuition increases.

2/12/2015 at 10:06am

I had an opportunity to join Scott Gamm at to discuss how families can plan and save for college. Of course, Private College 529 Plan is uppermost in my mind for families planning higher for private higher education. And it's one tool among the higher education savings choices. Thanks to reaction from families across the nation, tax advantages remain for the earnings in 529 accounts. Watch the interview.

2/10/2015 at 4:20pm

President Obama's recent proposal to eliminate tax advantages for new funds into 529 investment and prepaid tuition plans is off the table. More people than ever are talking about saving for college. That helps explain why the plan fell apart -- a growing number of families are benefitting from them. Here's an excellent piece analyzing 529s from  Huffington Post.

4/5/2013 at 9:03am

The media too often seems to be following what some might suggest must be a basic tenet taught to first year Journalism students: never write about "safe plane landings," which no one will read.