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WUSA-TV interviewed College Savings Foundation Chair Vivian Tsai

July 23, 2020

WUSA-TV: College Savings Foundation Chair Vivian Tsai told viewers how the COVID-19 was impacting the higher education plans, financing strategies and future career plans for high school students across the country.  This was based on CSF's survey of over 1,000 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Continue Reading...

Vivian Tsai tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how COVID has affected the higher ed plans and finances for High School students across the country.

June 30, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette High school graduates are changing their college plans because of COVID-19 Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette   TIM GRANTPittsburgh JUN 30, 2020 6:01 AMMany high school students who were thrilled to get accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice earlier this year will need to change their plans and either choose Continue Reading...

CSF Chair Vivian Tsai on “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe”

June 16, 2020

CSF Chair Vivian Tsai told  "Money Life with Chuck Jaffe" how COVID-19 has changed the plans of high school students for higher education, financing and Continue Reading... featured findings from CSF’s Youth Survey of High School students and quoted Vivian Tsai on the impact of COVID on their higher ed plans.

June 4, 2020 PERSONAL FINANCE More than half of students probably can’t afford college due to Covid-19 PUBLISHED THU, JUN 4 202010:42 AM EDTJessica Dickler @JDICKLER With millions of Americans now out of work, one expense is suddenly out of reach for many: higher education. More than half, or 56%, of college Continue Reading... If you used 529 plan to pay for college and got a refund, will it be taxed? CSF Chair Vivian Tsai answered questions from The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, on college refunds on expenses paid from 529s.

May 4, 2020

Posted Apr 12, 2020 By Karin Price Mueller | NJ Advance Media for When colleges across the country started to shut down their dorms and cafeterias because of the coronavirus outbreak, families received partial refunds for housing and meal plan costs. But what if you used a 529 plan to pay your college Continue Reading... How to avoid a tax problem if you get a refund from your college for spring semester. CSF was quoted in this story about college refunds when paid from 529s.

May 4, 2020

SMART TAX PLANNING How to avoid a tax problem if you get a refund from your college for spring semester PUBLISHED APR 30 2020 Jessica Dickler@JDICKLER If you got a refund from college for room and board or other expenses, consider yourself lucky. But beware of the potential tax bite. Continue Reading... Don’t Forget About Taxes If You’re Expecting A Refund Of College Tuition And Fees. CSF is cited in this column on how to process college refunds.

May 4, 2020

Kelly Phillips Erb Senior Contributor April 30, 2020 Every Friday evening, my husband's college friends have a Zoom happy hour: it's practicing social distancing and being social at the same time. The conversations have been dominated, of late, by the COVID-19 pandemic and how it's affecting our families. One popular Continue Reading...

Tribune News Service: Colleges plan refunds because campuses closed early. CSF was quoted in this syndicated story on 529 and college refunds.

May 4, 2020

By Steve Rosen Tribune News Service (TNS) Apr 20, 2020 Prepare to hit the reboot button on your 529 college savings account if it was tapped to pay for room, board and other costs this school year. That’s because many colleges and universities plan to offer full or partial refunds Continue Reading...

Families receiving refunds from colleges can redeposit money to 529 plans

April 24, 2020

TIM GRANT Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 23: CSF Chair Vivian Tsai explained how families can redeposit funds received as higher-education refunds, into their 529 savings plans.   Colleges and universities sometimes need to refund a portion of the money families pay for expenses due to problems such as a student deciding to Continue Reading...

Should college savers opt for student loans this fall?

April 24, 2020

By RYAN LANE of NerdWallet CSF Chair Vivian Tsai was quoted in this Associated Press story from Nerdwallet on how families can think about their 529 savings in fast-changing financial markets. In this June 20, 2019, file photo students walk around a RAMS sign at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Continue Reading...

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During these changing times, the College Savings Foundation recollects wise words once spoken by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” CSF’s education savings mission serves families and individuals of all income levels and ethnic backgrounds across the nation.