of Holding a 529 Plan
Many Canadians move for career opportunities to the U.S., work and raise families, and then plan to relocate back to Canada.
How 529 Plans are Treated in the U.S.
A qualified tuition and educational savings plan for children (a 529 plan) is, in most cases, exempt from taxation in the U.S., even when a child attends a Canadian university. In Canada, these plans are taxable. If you are a Canadian citizen who resides in the U.S. and may one day return to Canada or a U.S. citizen moving to Canada, determining whether a 529 plan makes sense for your family is an important decision that should be discussed with a cross-border financial advisor.
Understand the Issues
Families moving to Canada from the U.S. must consider the tax implications, potential increased tax filings, and eligibility requirements of using 529 funds for Canadian colleges and universities. Download our e-book to learn more about the steps you should consider when holding a 529 as a resident of Canada.
The Cost for a College Education is Rising
On the conservative side, analysts are projecting 6% growth per year, and using this cost function to model the average tuition price 10 years from now, you will see above that the expected price of a 4-year public college tuition in 2024 is nearly $150,000.
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About Cardinal Point
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Range of College Tuition & Fees
Type of College
Average Published Yearly Tuition and Fees, 2017-18
|Public Two-Year College (in-district students)||$3,570|
|Public Four-Year College (in-state students)||$9,970|
|Public Four-Year College (out-of-state students)||$25,620|
|Private Four-Year College||$34,740|