Saving for College

Bring your college dreams within reach

Learn about your options, estimate expenses and find the account that best meets your needs

Which savings plan is best for you?

It's no secret that college is expensive. But with proper planning and regular contributions to a savings plan, you can avoid college tuition sticker shock. 

Smart saving will help expand your child's choices when it's time to select a college. We can help you choose from a number of solid savings options with flexible contribution requirements and potential tax advantages.

529 College Savings Plan

  • Funded by investments
  • Earnings grow tax free
  • No annual limit on contributions
  • Withdrawals for qualified higher education expenses are federal tax free

Coverdell Education Savings

  • Account can be funded by FDIC-insured savings or investments
  • Earnings grow tax free
  • $2,000 annual limit on contributions
  • Withdrawals for qualified education expenses are federal tax free
  • Can also be used for qualified K–12 expenses

College Saver CD

  • Earnings are FDIC insured
  • Earnings are taxed
  • Account balance must be less than $100,000
  • No penalty for up to four withdrawals per year for qualified education expenses

Whether your priorities include retirement, education, security, a life event, legacy planning—or all of these—BB&T Investments has solutions?to help you reach your goals.

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BB&T Investments
200 S. College St., 11th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202

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    Qualified Higher Education Expenses include tuition, all mandatory fees, the costs of required textbooks, supplies and equipment, and certain room and board costs for students who are enrolled at least half time at any accredited school eligible to receive federal financial aid. Non-qualified withdrawals are subject to a federal tax penalty of 10% of earnings and the earnings are taxable as ordinary income.

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