Section 529 plans can be a great way to save for college--in many cases, the best way--but they're not the only way. When you're investing for a major goal like education, it makes sense to be familiar with all of your options.
In 2016, nearly seven out of every 10 graduating seniors needed to borrow for their educations and are on average saddled with in excess of $37,000 of student debt as they enter the workforce. Not only does this emerging “debt crisis” place an immediate heavy burden on the shoulders of new graduates, it can have an adverse long-term impact on both the individual and the economy.
The idea of haggling over a price may make your stomach churn, but this isn't your only option. With online resources and a little ingenuity, you can be better informed before you sign on the dotted line.