College Savings Calculator
Saving for your children's education requires a long-term plan. And, like saving for retirement, the earlier you start your plan the better. Use this calculator to help develop or fine-tune your education savings plan.
Click the "View Report" button for a detailed look at the results, including your total expenses and any changes that may be required for your savings plan. The results also show your savings and expenses by year. You can print these out and share them with your financial advisor.
Age of children
Current age of your children. This calculator is based on each child beginning their college education at age 18. The difference between their current age and 18 is the number of years you have to save.
Current estimated cost of one year of tuition and books. This amount should be per child and be specific to the school they may be interested in attending. For the purposes of this calculator, all expenses are assumed to be due at the end of the year.
Room and board
Current estimated cost of one-year room and board. Like tuition and books, this amount should be per child and specific to the school they may be interested in attending. For the purposes of this calculator, all expenses are assumed to be due at the end of the year.
Education cost inflation
This is the percentage that you expect educational costs to increase per year.
The total amount you currently have saved for your child's (or children's) education.
The dollar amount you plan to save per month toward your child's (or children's) education. All amounts are assumed to be added to your account at the beginning of the month.
Rate of return
The annual percentage rate you expect to earn on your educational savings. The average annual rate of return for the U.S. stock market has been about 11%. You may wish to use a more conservative rate of return if your child is within 10 years of enrolling in school. This calculator compounds all growth annually. For the purposes of this calculator, taxation is not factored into the results. If you pay taxes on the interest, dividends or capital gains from these investments, you may wish to enter your after-tax rate of return.