Will opening an Oregon College Savings Plan account affect a beneficiary’s eligibility for federal financial aid?
Yes, a 529 College Savings Plan account can affect a beneficiary’s financial aid, but it all depends on who the account holder is. If the parent or dependent student is the account owner, the assets in the account are considered parental assets, and are treated more favorably than assets of a non-dependent student when determining financial aid eligibility. A UGMA/UTMA custodial account is considered a student-owned asset and may reduce financial aid eligibility more significantly. Accounts owned by other parties can affect eligibility differently. To fully understand the potential impact on your beneficiary, it’s best to consult your financial advisor or the financial aid office at your school. If you’d like to estimate your eligibility for federal student aid, you can use the FAFSA4caster.