KANSAS CITY, MO, (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- If the babies attending graduation ceremonies across the country enroll in public, four-year colleges in 2028, they will pay an estimated $92,900 for in-state tuition for their degrees. Those opting for a private education will likely pay $347,700 for tuition.* H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) advises parents to start saving for college early to make their dollars work for them and reap valuable tax benefits.
"These numbers can seem intimidating, but setting a goal and starting a college-savings plan when children are young can make a substantial impact toward covering college costs and provide tax benefits," said Alison Flores, analyst at The Tax Institute at H&R Block. "The tax advantages of paying for college with tax-deferred or tax-exempt funds increase with the amount of money invested and the amount of time the investment has to grow."
An ideal time to start saving for education costs is when a baby is born. Saving for enrollment or attendance expenses for kindergarten through high school at any public or private school can be done with a Coverdell Education Savings Account, which also can cover college expenses. The contributions are not tax-deductible, but the earnings grow tax-deferred and distributions are tax-free if they are less than qualified education expenses in the year of distribution.
These also are college-savings plans with tax benefits:
For more information about tax benefits associated with saving for college, visit H&R Block's Dollars & Sense website or contact a local H&R Block tax professional.
* Figures provided by Savingforcollege.com, do not include room and board, supplies, equipment or transportation
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