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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?

NC 529 IMAGE Tips For Creating A Savings Planner
November 15, 2023
4 Tips for Creating a Savings Planner for College Education

Saving for higher education may seem intimidating. There are so many questions about where to start and how much to save. The uncertainty of it all could make you wonder if you should create a savings planner. The good news: we can help. Discover these four helpful tips for creating a savings planner for a college education.

NC 529 IMAGE Ultimate List Of Qualified 529 Expenses
November 15, 2023
The Ultimate List of Qualified 529 Expenses: How to Use Your Funds

As an NC 529 participant, your account earnings cover an increasingly wide range of eligible education expenses. Once money is in your account, it can grow tax-free. But before you make a withdrawal, first check that the expense is on the list of qualified 529 expenses.

NC 529 IMAGE How Does A 529 Plan Work
November 15, 2023
How Does a 529 Plan Work and Other 529 Plan FAQs

You may not know much about how a 529 plan works or why you’d want to invest in one. In fact, it’s a highly effective way to save for college, career/technical programs, K–12 tuition, and more. Keep reading to learn more about it.