High School 4 year credit Plan

Money in a 529 plan account could be used by a high school student to pay for dual enrollment classes

WideModern_dual529_082713.jpgThere are many ways students can earn college credit while they are still in high school. Doing so also means students can pay for some of the credit via 529 plans, tax-advantaged college savings accounts.

Unfortunately, not all of the associated costs of these programs can be withdrawn from 529 plans without a tax penalty. Here's what parents and students need to know about when to use 529 plan savings to pay for three common college credit options.

1. Dual-credit classes: "Dual enrollment is when a high school student can take college courses at the same time as being enrolled in high school, " says Bardwell. "Qualifications vary by college and high school, and some colleges will pay for the courses while others will not."

"I've had some students who spent their entire junior and senior year at a local college and basically completed two years of college while still in high school, " says Bardwell. "Others just take a course or two, and now with online options, they do not even have to leave high school if they don't want to."

If the high school doesn't cover the costs of courses, parents can withdraw money from 529 plans saved for their kids' college education. "Tuition and fees for college courses, regardless of when they are taken, are always qualified higher education expenses, " says Mike Fitzgerald, chairman of the College Savings Plans Network.

Jimmy Williamson, an Alabama-based certified public accountant and personal finance specialist, says that as long as college credits are earned at a federally approved eligible institution, money can be withdrawn without tax penalty from a 529 plan. Vocational courses taken at an eligible postsecondary school count as well, he says.

2. Advanced Placement tests: Many high schools offer classes that allow students to take a test that many colleges accept for credit. The Advanced Placement exams cost $89 – students can appeal to take them for less if they can prove financial need – but may not be paid for with college savings in a 529 plan, Fitzgerald says.

But the tests can still save families a tremendous amount of money in the long run by cutting down on the number of college courses students need to fulfill the requirements of bachelor's degree, he says.

"Many colleges/universities will award college credit for scores of a 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam, " Bardwell says. Even if students don't get credit, they may be able to take a more challenging course to fill a requirement for their degree instead of an introductory level course, he says.

However, parents should find out if the schools on their teen's college choice list accept AP credit before paying for testing.

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How does my 4-year plan for high school look to you? | Yahoo Answers

Want to attend a great, if not amazing, engineering school. Try to maintain at least a 3.8 GPA. Freshman (taking classes right now): English Honors Algebra Honors World History Honors Biology Honors Spanish 1 Health/Gym Study Hall/Computer class (required for graduation) Sophomore: English...

How many credits are earned freshman year of high school?

i believe around 8. 4 credits for one sem. and another 4 credits for the 2nd sem.

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