Is the student required to attend an in-state school to use a 529 plan?

No, the student is not required to attend a school in the same state that sponsors their 529 account. Funds can be used to pay for qualified education expenses at any eligible educational institution. Generally, these include accredited post-secondary educational institutions in the United States or abroad offering credit toward an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, a graduate level or professional degree, or another recognized post-secondary credential and certain post-secondary vocational and proprietary institutions. In addition, the most recent IRS tax bill allows for tax-fee withdrawals for K-12 expenses up to $10,000 per year, although the tax treatment of such withdrawals at the state level is less clear, determined by the account owner's state of residence, and states may ultimately determine the treatment of these withdrawals independently. All designated educational institutions must be eligible to participate in U.S. Department of Education student financial aid programs. Account owners should consult a qualified tax advisor for further guidance.

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Earnings on nonqualified withdrawals are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10 percent federal tax penalty, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax and other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

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