North Carolina's National College Savings Program

Your kids will be grown up before you know it. Plan for their future now.

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North Carolina's National College Savings Program

Kickoff to Kindergarten 
Kindergarten is just the first step on the road to college. Start saving today with NC 529.

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North Carolina's National College Savings Program

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Picture a bright future for your child.

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At College Foundation Inc., we strive to keep our employees and organization safe. Due to COVID-19, we have transitioned to remote working. We understand that this is an unsettling time. We still want to be a resource to North Carolinians for all questions about education, so our call centers are still operating! Call us at 866-866-2362 Mon-Thurs from 8am-6pm or Friday from 8am-5pm for any questions regarding saving, planning, applying, and paying for college!

If you have been affected in any way by the coronavirus outbreak there are options available to help with your loans. You may qualify for a deferment based on your circumstances, such as unemployment or economic hardship. You may also request a 3-month forbearance on your loans. The President has mentioned relief options for federally owned student loans over last several weeks. Loans held or serviced by College Foundation, Inc. are not federally owned. The options available for your loans with CFI are mentioned above. If this should change, we will keep you updated here. Our call center counselors are trained to help you understand the options available.

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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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NC 529 Gives Away $5,529 to Celebrate 5/29 Day!

North Carolina families can use a little good news right now as the country fights to emerge from the current health and financial crisis. To give students and parents something to cheer about, North Carolina’s National College Savings Program (NC 529 Plan) is giving away $5,529!

The “Dream Big 5/29 Day Drawing to Win $5,529” event was created to celebrate National 529 College Savings Plan Day on 5/29 (May 29).

7 Types of College Savings Accounts

The idea of saving for college can be overwhelming. This is because when many parents think about saving, they (mistakenly) believe they need to put aside enough money to pay for 100 percent of college. In reality, most families use a combination of savings, financial aid, scholarships, and student loans to pay for college.

Beyond deciding how much you can afford to save each month, you also need to figure out where to save your money.

Can a 529 Plan Be Used for Trade School?

The sky is the limit after you graduate from high school. Maybe you want to go to a traditional four-year university — or maybe you want to get started on your career ASAP. If you’re ready to get to work, a trade school may be the right choice for you. And yes, you can use your NC 529 Plan to pay for accredited trade schools and qualified education expenses.

What is Trade School?

Is the NC 529 Plan Tax-Deductible?

Thinking about your child’s future and taking steps to help them reach their education and career dreams are important decisions. There are many options when deciding how to save for a child’s education. Parents can choose anything from a good old-fashioned savings account to savings bonds or mutual funds. However, many financial experts recommend parents consider 529 plans.

When you begin researching, there are many things to consider,