When it comes to saving for a child’s college education, there’s no such thing as “too early.” You’ve made a smart decision by starting the process while your child is very young, and you’ve come to the right place.
Get Started the Right Way
Successfully building a college savings account requires a solid plan, discipline, and a focus on the long term. Before you begin:
- Hear from other families how MEFA helped them reach their goal of a college education.
- Find out the truth about saving for college – and dispel the myths.
- Review useful college saving tips that can help you make the most of your resources.
Save More, Borrow Less
The more you save in the years before college, the less you will have to borrow. Why is saving a better option? Because you pay interest on the money you borrow, but you earn interest on the money you save.
The chart below shows an example that compares saving and borrowing, based on a college cost of $10,000. As you can see, the actual out-of-pocket cost is far less when you save than it is when you borrow.
Based on 10 years at an interest rate of 7%. This example is an estimate only and market conditions may change.
Discover Two Great Ways to Save
MEFA’s U.Plan and U.Fund offer uncommon benefits to help you make the most of your college savings.
Lets you prepay up to 100% of your child’s future college expenses at today’s rates:
- One of the most stable and reliable prepaid tuition programs in the country
- Can be used at a large network of colleges and universities in Massachusetts
- No fees, and no state or federal taxes on earnings
- Any unused money is returned to the owner without penalty and including interest
Offers you control and flexibility as you save for a child’s college education:
- Allows you to choose how your money is invested
- Can be used at virtually any college
- Easy and affordable to open
- Significant tax benefits
- Professionally managed by Fidelity Investments
Find out how these and other college savings accounts stack up against each other in our detailed comparison chart.