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The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Education

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The holiday season is approaching, and with it, the busiest time of the year for shoppers as they search for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. But instead of purchasing the latest toy or electronic gadget for your children or grandchildren, what about giving them the gift of a more secure future? Roger Michaud, senior vice president and director of sales for Franklin Templeton’s 529 College Savings Plan, discusses how crowdfunding can help finance a college education—a gift that can keep giving for a lifetime.

Tackling Student Debt and College Savings Plan Myths
Education

Tackling Student Debt and College Savings Plan Myths

The cost of a college education continues to rise, and along with it, student debt. Franklin Templeton's Roger Michaud and Mike O’Brien look at how mounting student debt could have a long-term impact on one’s future. They explore one solution to help finance education—a 529 Savings Plan—along with some myths and misconceptions about these plans.

Spryng into Saving for College
Education

Spryng into Saving for College

As the cost of a college education continues to rise, parents (and their children) are coming up with creative ways to finance it. Roger Michaud, senior vice president and director of sales for Franklin Templeton’s 529 College Savings Plan, discusses some tips and strategies to help fund a college education, including a new platform leveraging the concept of crowdfunding.

Financing Education Is a Retirement Issue
Education

Financing Education Is a Retirement Issue

The rising cost of college has added an additional financial burden for many parents who don’t want to see their children suffer under a mountain ...

Crowdfunding a College Education
Education

Crowdfunding a College Education

It may sound a bit unconventional, but the crowdfunding craze may offer a solution to financing a college education. With the holiday season ...

The Student Debt Dilemma and the Role of 529 Plans
Education

The Student Debt Dilemma and the Role of 529 Plans

It’s no secret that the cost of college has been skyrocketing in recent years. In the past, student loans were a reasonable way to finance a ...

College Costs 101: What are 529 Plans?
Education

College Costs 101: What are 529 Plans?

Tabulating the costs of a college education can be overwhelming for new parents, so overwhelming, in fact, that many choose not to think about it ...

Saving for College: A Family Affair

Saving for College: A Family Affair

Hopes, Dreams and College Savings Solutions

Hopes, Dreams and College Savings Solutions