[Follow three steps adults returning to college must take.]
5. Get help from relatives: Family 529 plan gifts aren't just for children, Almonte says. Parents, aunts, brothers, and sisters can contribute to their adult relative's college savings account. Ask for funding for birthdays, holidays, or other special occasions, he suggests.
In addition, adults may be able to use leftover funds from the accounts of their children, nieces, or nephews, especially if those students received scholarships. Assets in 529 plans are generally transferable among relatives tax free, Almonte notes.
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