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Bay Country Financial Services
Phone Number (410) 822-0599
Address 8221 Teal Dr., #103, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.baycountryfinance.com
Description With 100 years of combined experience, we're the company to trust for fast, confidential, and flexible financial services. Get secured consumer personal loans and consolidation loans even if you don't have great credit. In addition to this, we offer loans (direct and indirect lending) for new and used automobiles, boats, trailers, RVs, motor-homes and motorcycles.
Mariner Finance
Phone Number (410) 443-0702
Address 8223 Elliott Road Suite 13, Easton, MD 21601
Hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursay: 9am to 5pm; Tuesday: 9am to 7pm; Friday: 9am to 5:30pm
Website www.marinerfinance.com
Description We’ll match you with the loan that meets your immediate needs and helps you realize your long-term dreams. We understand that every borrower, and borrower need, is different. So we take the time get to know you. Personal, Home, Car, Wedding, Vacation, and Debt Consolidation loans available.
Maryland 529 – College Savings Program
Phone Number 888-4MD-GRAD (463-4723)
Address 217 E. Redwood Street Suite 1350, Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours Monday - Friday: 8am to 4:30pm
Website www.maryland529.com
Description With a 529 plan, saving for your child’s college education is easier than you think; and the sooner you start, the better.

It’s never too early or too late to start saving for college. Investing early and regularly in a 529 plan may provide the potential for long term growth. How?

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So, you’re probably wondering: Why is it called a 529 Plan?
A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for the future higher education expenses of a beneficiary. This beneficiary is typically one's child or grandchild, but there does not need to be a family relationship. The plans are named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

There are two different types of 529 plans: investment plans and prepaid tuition plans.

How do the plans differ?

Investment plans allow you to invest in a variety of investment options (or portfolios) which typically include varying combinations of mutual funds. You can decide how much you want to invest or contribute, how often, and in what type of portfolio. Savings in this type of 529 plan can be used for a variety of education expenses including tuition, fees, room and board, course-specific fees, books and other supplies.

Prepaid tuition plans are 529 plans that allow for the pre-purchase of tuition based on a current price. One of the main benefits of 529 prepaid tuition plans is that they allow you to hedge against future tuition increases. These accounts are primarily designed to be used towards tuition and mandatory fees. In Maryland, the Prepaid College Trust is generally designed to cover tuition and mandatory fees at a Maryland public college, but accounts can also be applied towards private or out of state colleges. However, other states may a have different structure for their prepaid tuition plans.

Saving with a 529 plan has a number of benefits:
- It’s affordable. Initial investment options can fit most family budgets.
- It’s flexible. With an investment plan it’s up to you how often and how much to invest within the broad limits of the plan. A prepaid tuition plan offers a variety of tuition plans and payment options to help you participate within your budget.
- It offers tax benefits on the State and federal level.
- Beneficiaries are still eligible for financial aid.
- You can use it at nearly any college nationwide.

The availability of tax or other benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements such as residency, purpose for or timing of distributions, or other factors as applicable.

Save here. Go anywhere!

Saving for college with a Maryland 529 plan doesn’t mean your child has to attend college in the state of Maryland.

- You can use a 529 investment plan or prepaid tuition plan at almost any accredited college around the country: public or private, two-year or four-year. You can even use a 529 plan at colleges located outside of the U.S. provided they are either part of an affiliated U.S. based college or have received U.S. accreditation.
- 529 investment plan savings can even be used towards eligible trade and technical schools.
Mid-Shore Community Foundation – Scholarships
Phone Number (410) 820-8175
Address 102 East Dover Street, Easton, MD 21601
Website www.mscf.org/scholarships
Description MSCF is committed to helping local students pursue postsecondary education and/or advance their careers. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have one of the largest scholarship programs in the region.
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