RESP vs RRSP and TFSA: What’s the best option for education savings? Aug 31st

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Welcome to Education Money, a new column that covers the questions and concerns parents and investors have about funding their child’s education. Andrew Lo, CEO of Embark, shares his thoughts and insights on how to make the most of RESPs. To kick off the column, he explains the different options Canadian parents have to save for their children’s education.

I know you’ve heard of an RESP before. The registered education savings plan (RESP) has been around for nearly 50 years, helping Canadian parents, grandparents and guardians save up for a child’s post-secondary education. Since the RESP’s 1974 launch, however, the government has created other accounts designed to help Canadians grow their savings, like the tax-free savings account (TFSA), and many banks have launched a high-interest savings account (HISA). With all of these options, you might be wondering if an RESP is still the best way to save for your child’s education.

It’s a great question that I often hear from parents, who are understandably worried about the growing costs of higher education…

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