Have a child to educate? Start putting money in a 529 plan. At least that’s the conventional wisdom, and there’s nothing wrong with it.

Of course, there are a lot of other ways for clients to finance their children’s college education. Some of them involve saving and spending in ways that don’t use a 529 account. Others incorporate strategies to help reduce the total cost. By tugging on both the savings and cost-reduction ends of the rope, clients can bring college costs within reach.

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