Tax-Advantaged College Savings Plans
Two types of tax-advantaged college savings plans are specifically designed to help Michigan families save for higher-education expenses: the Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) and the 529 college savings plan.
Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA)

An Education Savings Account, or ESA, is a tax-advantaged savings account that allows you to start saving for your childrens’ college education by the time they start kindergarten, offering tax-free withdrawals and flexible options for investment and spending.

  • Annual contribution limit: $2,000 per child (under age 18)
  • Income eligibility limits (based on donor’s adjusted gross income)
  • Assets must be used by the time the beneficiary reaches age 30 (with some exceptions)
  • Funds may be used for qualified elementary, secondary and post-secondary educational expenses
  • Flexible investment options
529 College Savings Plan

A 529 college savings plan allows Michigan residents to invest their savings and watch them grow tax-free over time. These savings can only be used for qualified higher education expenses and allow you to choose from a range of investment options that broaden over time.

  • Higher contribution limits (set by each state)
  • No income eligibility limits
  • Typically no age restriction (open to adults and children)
  • Funds may be used for qualified higher-education expenses and K-12 tuition
  • More limited investment options, which become more conservative as the child ages
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Investors should consider investment objectives, risks, and charges associated with Section 529 plans prior to investing. Contact your investment representative or carrier for more information about municipal fund securities which is available in the issuer’s official statement or plan disclosure document which should be read carefully prior to investing. Most 529 plans are sponsored and administered by states. State tax benefits vary among the states, and some offer residents additional tax benefits if they invest in their own state plan. Consult your tax adviser for more information.

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