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April 18, 2024
Opening a College Savings Account for a Baby

Starting a college savings account for your baby can open doors for them later in life. Learn more about 529 accounts and their benefits.

March 8, 2024
How to Start a College Fund: 3 Ways to Save for College

What are the different types of savings accounts for education funds? Help me compare the types that are available and what they do for savings. Are certain college funds more ideal for different age groups of students? What are the best methods to grow a college savings account?

March 8, 2024
Congratulations to the NC 529 Education Wonderland Giveaway Winners

The NC 529 Education Wonderland Giveaway winner is the Goebel family of Concord, North Carolina! Their account was randomly chosen from thousands of entries to win $5,529 for education.

February 22, 2024
NC 529 Plan Withdrawal Rules: Understanding Non-Qualified Withdrawals

What are the rules around 529 withdrawals? What happens if you take money out of a 529 plan for non-qualified expenses? What are some examples of non-qualified 529 withdrawals and what are the penalties?

February 22, 2024
How to Use 529 Funds Correctly and Avoid Penalties

How do I use my 529 funds? Do I need to save receipts from my purchases? Are groceries included in eligible 529 expenses? What are some common qualified 529 expenses? What happens if I use 529 funds for non-qualified expenses?

February 22, 2024
How to Gift to a 529 Plan: Understanding Deadlines, Limits, and Taxes

How do I send a gift to a family member's 529 plan? Are 529 gifts tax-deductible? How much can grandparents or extended family gift to a 529 plan? When is the deadline to contribute to a 529 plan?

February 22, 2024
What is National 529 Day?

What is National 529 Day? What kind of incentives and deals can I look forward to when it comes to college savings? When is a good time to open a 529 plan? Are there any deadlines for starting or contributing to a college savings plan? How can I "celebrate" 529 Day?

February 22, 2024
3 Best College Funds to Maximize Saving for College

What are the best college funds to invest in while my child is young to maximize the amount of money we can save for college? Talk me through my options and the pros and cons of each.

February 22, 2024
Can You Roll a 529 into a Roth IRA? All You Need to Know about the New 529 Rule

I am interested in hearing more about the recent changes to how 529 plan funds can be used. Give me details on the new tax-free rollover into a Roth IRA account. How does this new rule work? How do I avoid the penalty for using 529 funds for things other than education expenses? What are the limitations to rolling over 529 funds into a Roth IRA?

February 20, 2024
Fifteen N.C. 7th Graders Honored as Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholars

College Foundation is pleased to announce that 15 outstanding North Carolina 7th graders have been named as recipients of the Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship. Each Bell Scholar is eligible to receive up to $20,000 for higher education expenses.