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<<The current balance is only 6000 at 3%. What are the best investment funds for college education for a child in the next 6 years. He will be going to a public college for four years and then 2 years at Texas AM in Veterinay school. >>

First of all, even in the very low risk arena, 3% is less than you should be getting. CD's and money market funds do better than this. You haven't described your risk tolerance so that's why I'm starting here. For money market funds, I use Vanguard.

If you plan to use the Education IRA and you qualify for the Hope Tax Credit, you need to understand the rules concerning using them :

I also suggest these 2 Fool pieces :
Investing for your Kids :

and Paying for College

Also, keep in mind, that money you plan to use for the first year should be in safe places by the time your child is about a sophomore.

If you plan for your child to complete college in 4 years, impress that upon him/her and check to be sure he/she is taking the appropriate number of credits to accomplish that.

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