Pay now or pay later?
How will you pay for a post-secondary education?
A report earlier this year estimated that one year of post-secondary education in Canada costs approximately $19,500 – including tuition, accommodation, transportation, food and other expenses.
Assuming a 3% rate of inflation, that equates to $33,1972 in 2036 (18 years from now).
How will you pay?
Here are your options – how much you pay is up to you
Option # 1: Pay Now
Invest a lump sum of $48,655 today
Growing at a hypothetical average annual rate of return of 6% = $138,877 in 18 years.
Option #2: Pay monthly
Invest $325/month in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
Contributions made to an RESP grow tax free until the funds are withdrawn to pay when the beneficiary is registered at a designated educational institution.
RESP savings can be supplemented with government education savings initiatives, including the Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG)
$325/month qualifies for a $500/year CESG
$45,000 lifetime RESP contribution
$25,200 in additional savings
$7,200 lifetime CESG maximum per beneficiary
Option #3: Pay As You Go
Pay at the beginning of each school year
Option #4: Pay After
Their post-secondary education is financed through student loans that are interest-free while they’re in school.
After graduating, however, those loans must be repaid. You generally have 10 years to repay your student loans. Here’s one scenario:
Loan of the full amount: $138,884
Interest rate: 6.2% (prime of 3.7% +2.5%)
Monthly payments: $1,555.88
Total interest paid: $47,821.60
Total amount paid: $186,705.60