Sec. 529 vs. Roth IRA plans – Choosing a college savings tool
Abstract: Many people assume that a Section 529 plan is the ideal college savings tool. But the Roth IRA can also help parents save for college expenses. This article reviews the strengths of each. For example, Sec. 529 plans allow participants to make substantial nondeductible contributions. Owners of Roth IRAs can withdraw contributions anytime, tax- and penalty-free, for any purpose.