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College Savings Guide

Education after high school can open a world of possibility for you or your child. Planning ahead can make a big difference. To help you get started, we’ve pulled together a series of articles that will guide you through the process of getting ready and saving for college.

College Savings Options

From savings accounts to savings bonds to 529 plans, there are a variety of ways families save for college. Learn about the different ways to save for college. Read more »

Planning for College

College planning can be an exciting time for young people. It can also be a little overwhelming and stressful. Learn just what college—and planning for college—can mean. Read more »

Paying for College

Paying for college is typically the first big financial decision a young person makes in their lifetime. This guide will help your family figure out how to pay for college. Read more »

What is the Alfond Grant?

The Alfond Grant can play an important role in saving and paying for your child’s higher education. Here we answer your questions about the Alfond Grant. Read more »

Applying for Financial Aid

Many families pay for education after high school by pulling from a variety of sources, and financial aid is an important part of that. This guide will help you through the application process. Read more »

What is a 529 Plan?

One tool families use to help pay for college is a 529. We’ll show you the ins and outs of 529s to help you decide if it is something that’s right for you. Read more »

Don’t have a NextGen 529 Account?

A 529 plan is a great way to save for higher education. NextGen 529 is for people of all ages—babies, kids, even adults. It’s easy to open and fund an account—especially if you take advantage of Maine’s generous matching grant program.

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