North Carolina’s National College Savings Program

Features:

ARHS offers employees the opportunity to save for a family members college education expenses with the convenience of regular payroll deduction.

Basic Program Summary: Who can open an account?

  • Anyone – parents, grandparents, other relatives, friends, even certain organizations can save toward someone’s college education.
  • You can open an account for a person of any age, even a newborn. You can even open an account for yourself.

How much do I have to save?

  • A minimum semi-monthly contribution of $25 is required for each account that you open.

What investment options are available?

  • Select from a variety of investment options that cover a range of strategies, from conservative to aggressive.
  • Choose a mix to meet your own investment objectives, time remaining until college, and tolerance for risk.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows you to change your current investment mix once each calendar year or if the beneficiary of your savings account changes. You may change how your future contributions will be invested at any time.

A review of the Investment Options will help you understand the relative risks normally associated with each investment alternative. Complete descriptions of the investment philosophies are available in the Program Description at www.cfnc.org. What are the Tax Advantages of this program?

  • Account earnings grow tax-free. There are no federal taxes and, for North Carolina taxpayers, no state taxes on earnings either.
  • Residents of states other than North Carolina should check with a tax advisor.
  • The features of a qualified tuition program are complex and involve significant tax issues. The earnings portion of withdrawals not used for Qualified Higher Education Expenses are subjected to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

Where can my beneficiary use the money?

  • Use for college expenses at virtually any college anywhere.
  • Use for Qualified Higher Education Expenses, which include tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies and equipment required for enrollment.
  • If there are assets left in your account when the beneficiary has completed college, you can designate a new related beneficiary of the account.

How do I start a National College Savings Program Account? Contact Human Resources or visit www.cfnc.org for more information. Please note initial enrollment must be coordinated with Human Resources. Payroll authorization form required.

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