529 plans: Fund college costs the tax-advantaged way
Abstract: For many taxpayers, the best way to fund a college education is a Section 529 college savings plan, because of the potential tax advantages it offers. Earnings can grow tax-deferred and may be withdrawn free of federal and, generally, state income taxes for qualified expenses. Their contribution limits are much higher than those for other tax-advantaged educational savings vehicles, and they offer estate tax benefits. But, as this article explains, there are drawbacks that should be considered, as well.