The Truth About Maximizing College 529 Accounts

Lynn O’Shaughnessy

If 529 college savings plans seem confusing, you may feel better after you hear the experience of a Harvard University professor. Or then, maybe you’ll feel worse.

During an interview, Susan Dynarski, an associate professor of public policy at Harvard University, once told me that she had to abandon her work on a comparison study of 529 plans. Why? Because she concluded it was too hopeless. The expenses and fees were structured so differently, it defied comparisons.

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