A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a government – approved plan for the purpose of providing post-secondary education funding for a beneficiary. Income earned within the plan is not taxed until it is withdrawn.
A LaHave River Credit Union Registered Education Savings Plan is the smart way to save for your family’s future.
A post-secondary education is critical in an increasingly competitive job market. Each year, fewer high school graduates are in a position to afford to continue their education. With the costs of higher education increasing almost every year, early planning is essential.
It will cost an estimated $112,700 to receive a university education in the year 2018. Compare this amount to:
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Only certain beneficiaries are eligible to replace another beneficiary in a Family Plan. The same rules apply to the Individual Plan in order to avoid tax and CESG implications
In a Family Plan, each subscriber must be connected to each beneficiary by blood relationship or adoption
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To help you save for your child’s education after high school, the Government of Canada will add to your savings in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) with a Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG).
The grant is paid directly into your child’s RESP.
To date, three million children have benefited from Canada Education Savings Grants.
Eligibility for the CESG
For children 15 years old and older, prior RESP contributions must have been made before December 31 of the year in which the child turns 15.
The Amount of the CESG
On the first $500 you save in your child’s RESP, the Canada Education Savings Grant will give you:
2008 income amounts shown – The family net income amounts are updated each year based on the rate of inflation.
No matter what your net family income is, when you save more than $500, the Canada Education Savings Grant will give you 20 cents for every extra dollar, up to a maximum of $1,100 per year.
Steps to Getting the CESG
To get the CESG, all you need to do is:
Lifetime CESG Limits
In this case, “lifetime” means from birth up to the end of the year that the child turns 17 years old.
Using the CESG
As soon as your child is enrolled in a qualifying educational program, he or she can start receiving money from the RESP. At that time, the CESG along with income earned by the money in the RESP is paid to the beneficiary as an Educational Assistance Payments (EAPs). Each EAP includes a specific amount of the CESG.
If your child does not go on to education after high school, the CESG must be returned to the Government of Canada, unless the RESP is a family plan. If the RESP is a family plan, the CESG may be used by another eligible child named in the plan. That child may use an amount of the CESG up to his or her lifetime limit as described above.
Canada Learning Bond
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The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is a Government of Canada grant to help modest-income families start saving early for their child’s education after high school.
Eligibility for the CLB
You can get the Canada Learning Bond if:
*The supplement is generally for families with a net annual income below $37,887*.
The Amount of the CLB
For families who qualify, the Government will add to a child’s RESP by making a first payment of $500. Families that receive the Canada Learning Bond will also get extra payments of $100 a year up to the child’s age of 15 years, as long as they receive the National Child Benefit Supplement.
An additional $25 will be paid with the first $500 bond to help cover the cost of opening an RESP.
Lifetime CLB Limit
The total CLB available for a child could amount to $2,000.
Using the CLB
As soon as a child named in an RESP is enrolled in a qualifying educational program, he or she can start receiving money. At that time, the CLB along with the CESG (if any) and income earned by the money in the RESP is paid to the beneficiary as Educational Assistance Payments (EAPs). Each EAP includes a specific amount of the CLB.
If the child named in an RESP does not continue education after high school, the CLB must be returned to the Government of Canada. The CLB cannot be used by another child.
Steps to Getting the CLB
To get the CLB, all you need to do is to:
The Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan
The Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan is designed to help Alberta parents start planning and saving for their children’s education after high school. Under the plan, the Government of Alberta will deposit $500 in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for every child born to, or adopted by, Alberta residents in 2005 and after. Additional grants of $100 will be available at ages 8, 11 and 14 for children attending school in Alberta.
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LaHave River Credit Union offers a variety of competitive options for RESP investments. You can choose one option or diversify your strategy with a variety of investments. LaHave River Credit Union offers convenient monthly deposits, which can make securing your child’s future more easily affordable.