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North Carolina's National College Savings Program

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Learn how Olivia's parents are preparing for her future success with the NC 529 Plan.

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It’s never too early—or too late—to save for your student’s college education

The NC 529® Plan gives you a tax-advantaged, straightforward way to start putting money aside for your child’s college future right now. With easy online or paper enrollment, you can start saving with as little as $25. Make future contributions regularly or periodically—your choice. Friends and family can even contribute too!

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When is the Best Time to Start an NC 529 Account?

If you haven’t started saving for college yet, there is no time like the present! In recent years, college costs have risen an average of five percent annually. If that pace keeps up, the average cost for one year at a public four-year in-state school could jump from $22,000 to more than $55,000 per year in 18 years. To help families save for college, most states, including North Carolina, have 529 college savings programs.

How Much Can I Contribute to My NC 529 Account Annually?

Everyone knows that an NC 529 Account is one of the best ways to save for an education. An NC 529 Plan is easy, effective, and anyone can contribute to it. Parents, family, and friends can all do their part to pitch in for education. The best part is that earnings are free from state and federal taxes, as are the earnings you make on those contributions. As people consider saving for college,

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529 Account: What Are Investments?

Investments are a great opportunity to build a nest egg and save for the future. The three main types are stocks, bonds and cash investments; however, it’s important to note that investments can come in many forms such as buying a house, owning an art collection or gathering a selection of rare coins. Building a diverse portfolio can help you prepare for the future.


At the core, investing in a stock represents purchasing a percentage of ownership in a company.