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It's Back to School Season - How to Use your 529 Funds effectively

Posted by Julia W. Rogers Posted on Aug 03 2017

Your baby is off to college and you are patting yourself on the back for filling up her 529 education account. What do you do now?

First of all, this is an area that the IRS loves to audit - so, you must save the receipts for the expenses that will be covered by the 529 account withdrawals. That being said, the list of covered expenses is generous. In addition to tuition and fees, you may cover room and board, technology needs, and required books and supplies.

If your child is not using the institution's room and board plan, their expenses may still be covered within the budget for their school. You can generally find this in the financial aid section of the school's website.