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Program says start saving now to pay for college

Some people estimate by 2022 it will cost $90,000 to receive a college education at a public university.

Idaho’s 529 college savings program, IDeal, said with a cost that high it’s never too early to start saving.

IDeal offers college savings accounts that can be opened for anyone by any friend or family members.

“They have a gifting option where you can send out a social media link or email where family, friends can contribute to your account,” said Travis Schaat, a CPA who has IDeal accounts for his kids. “Grandparents will go out a lot of times and spend $25 on a toy, well, they can take that money and maybe buy a smaller toy and use some of those funds to contribute to a grand child’s college savings account.”

These accounts can be used to pay for qualified higher education expenses at any accredited post-secondary institution nationwide.

Families who open or contribute to an IDeal account by Dec. 31 can get a deduction on their 2015 state taxes.

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