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MMM #11: 529 Plans for College Education

Saving for college is an interesting phenomenon.  Because the time crunch happens a lot sooner due to the fact that your kids, if born, are typically less than 18 years away from college – people feel the need to save in a 529 early.  This may be despite having a ton of student loan debt or not saving enough for their own retirement. In this MMM episode, we answer the important questions you have about funding a 529 plan, including whether you should fund one at all!

What You’ll Learn:

In this week’s episode of Money Meets Medicine: 529 Plans for College Education you’re going to learn:

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  • How to anticipate what you have to save with the rising costs of college

  • All of the things that can be covered with a 529 plan

  • If different options, such as loans or scholarships may be a better route for you

  • What to do if your child gets a full ride scholarship

  • How 529 plans vary from state to state

Resources from the Episode:

Vanguard College Cost Projector 

Can My IRA Be Used for College Tuition?

How much is your state’s 529 plan tax deduction really worth?

How Should I Save For My Kid’s College? Plus a 529 Plan Hack

College Backer

This Episode’s Sponsor

refinance student loansThis episode’s sponsor is Earnest, a student loan refinancing company.  If you refinance through the link provided on this podcast, you will receive a $500 cashback bonus for doing so, and you will also be supporting the Money Meets Medicine podcast when you do that.  It is a win-win-win. You can find out more information by visiting

Listener Question of the Week:

Today’s listener question comes from Cathy Carroll,

“Can you discuss the concept of marginal benefit? (i.e. lawn care, cleaning services, etc)”

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