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Planning You Child’s Post Secondary Education with RESP

Not every parent in North American can make their children take post secondary education because it is very expensive. If you want to let your children go to college someday, you should make plans for it because you might find yourself with a large financial burden if you don’t. This will only happen if the family has some financial security of some sort.

If your children want to go to college then it can be possible through RESP or Registers Education Savings Plan. The RESP is a savings plan that can grow tax free and is something that is sponsored by the government. When the plan money matures, it is considered income for the student and can be taxed.

This savings plan is administered by private companies and persons who will collect the contributions and invest them accordingly. The yearly contributions per student can reach up to $4,000 per student and the lifetime limit is $42,000 without any tax implications. Students sometimes get more than one plan but the limit is strictly per student.

Before reaching his 17th birthday, the government adds 20% to the amount that is contributed to the RESP. This is called the CESG or the Canada Education Savings Grant and any amounts paid in are not included in the annual limit for tax purposes.

The maximum amount that any student can receive from the CESG is $7,200 over the plan’s lifetime. Any unclaimed contribution of the CESG each year will accumulate and $800 can be paid which was not previously claimed. All money added by the CESG to the RESP should be returned to the government in the event that the money is not used for educational purposes.

If you are a resident of Canada and have a Social Insurance Number or SIN, you can apply for the RESP. This SIN must be provided to the promoter at the plan inception, and the one making the contributions are also required to provide their SIN.

The three different RESP plans are given below.

The non-family plans allows other people to contribute to the plan without limit, but there can only be one beneficiary.

The family plan can have one or more beneficiaries as long as they are blood relatives or adopted by the person making the contribution. There are no restrictions as to when and how much is paid.

The group plans have requirements of the amount that is paid and when it should be paid and are usually offered by foundations. The students are divided into age groups and they are equally given a share of the contributions. Because of the complicated rules attached to the group plan, there is a need to do a thorough research together with the plan provider before committing to this plan.