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The Best Way to Save for College: A Complete Guide to 529 Plans 2011-12 - Book Review

Jun 10, 2012

This is the first comprehensive analysis that I've seen of an extremely important and relatively new way to save on a tax-deferred basis for your children's or grandchildren's college expenses. It's well-written, comprehensive, and objective, and it gave me enough data to make an informed decision. Before I opened the book, I had researched New York's plan through another source; I was delighted to see the discussion in this book present all of the plan's features (pro and con) that I had discovered--and more.

I haven't met the author (Joseph Hurley). But when I e-mailed a question to him at the address published in the book, I received a thorough and helpful answer later the same day. That's great service from the author of an exceptionally valuable guide.

Ok, I really did read this book from front to cover because I'm kind of freaking out on how to help pay even part of my 3 kids colleges. It was worth the read. #1 thing. Any money put into Indiana's college 529 plan you get a 20% tax credit back each year on your Indiana Tax return. So if you contribute $5000 that is a a $1,000 back. You can also continue to put in while your kid is already in college. Many other things.

With over 100,000 copies sold, The Best Way to Save for College has become the one book college-bound families and professional planners must have. The Best Way to Save for College is still the number one resource on all 529 programs and other college savings strategies (including Coverdell Education Savings Accounts).

Read below for a preview of the 2011-12 edition's chapters:

Chapter 1: History of 529 Plans 
Chapter 2: Why You Should be Invested in a 529 Plan 
Chapter 3: Section 529 Overview 
Chapter 4: Financial Aid Considerations 
Chapter 5: Prepaid vs. Savings 
Chapter 6: Compare 529 Plans: A Checklist 
Chapter 7: Income Tax Planning with 529 Plans 
Chapter 8: Estate Planning with 529 Plans 
Chapter 9: 529 Plans vs. Coverdell ESA 
Chapter 10: 529 Plans vs. U.S. Savings Bonds 
Chapter 11: 529 Plans vs. Other Investment Alternatives 
Chapter 12: Managing your 529 Account. 

Section Two: State by State Comparisons 

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The specs of 'The Best Way to Save for College: A Complete Guide to 529 Plans 2011-12' are:
  • Publisher: Savingforcollege.com Publications (2011-05-26)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974297771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9x5.9x0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Here are some REAL customer reviews:

"THE book on 529 savings plan"
"This is the most complete book on 529 plans. However, it does not have any discussion on the topic of asset allocation. In last few years, how the 529 was invested could really make or break your college savings.Read more

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