529 plans and foreign schools
Essentially, the listener wants to know if you can use a 529 plan to fund tuition at a foreign university.
The answer is, yes you can — depending on the institution. To qualify, the school needs to be eligible to participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Most degree-granting four-year schools, junior and community colleges, and graduate schools will qualify, as will many proprietary and vocational schools.
Check to see if you can use your 529 money at the institution you’re interested in by doing a Federal School Code Lookup at Savingforcollege.com. I searched to see if I could use 529 money to send a child to my alma mater. I typed “warwick” into the SCHOOL field, and picked FC for “foreign country” in the drop down box in the STATE field, and voila… I could indeed use money from a California 529 savings plan to send a lucky nice of nephew to the University of Warwick.
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