Why save with an RESP?

Understanding the facts

Get the facts on the growing importance of higher learning, the rising costs of post-secondary education and how having an RESP can help manage these costs. The more you know, the better your decisions will be.

Fact: Post-secondary education is critical to success.

Numbers don’t lie. More than ever, the job market requires the advanced degrees and specialized skills that come from higher learning. At the same time, the cost of education is dramatically on the rise.

  • University graduates earn on the average 50% more than other full-time workers who do not have a university degree.1
  • 3 out of 4 new jobs require a post-secondary education2

Fact: It could about cost $165,000 to send your child to university by the year 2034.

Education Expense

This illustration shows that to send your child to university by the year 2034, you’ll need about $87,000 for tuition, and almost double that for room and board for a 4-year university program.

Fact: Saving early is in your best interest.

The earlier you start saving for your child’s education, the more your savings can benefit from the power of compounding. See the difference just five years makes in this illustration. These projections are based on a contribution amount of $210 per month starting over different time periods. You can see how income grows over time on your contribution and on the government grants. If your family expenses are currently too high to put aside $210, the good news is that you can open a CST RESP for less than $10.00 a month4 to start growing your money tax free. 

Education Expense

Fact: You can avoid the burden of debt.

Like with any major purchase or expenditure, post-secondary education can be financed through saving or borrowing. With the cost of education rising every year, young parents often find themselves wondering which direction they should go in – saving or borrowing? With a few simple projections the ideal choice becomes very clear. Borrowing doesn’t just cost more in the long run, it also puts the burden of debt on your child. This illustration shows you how a contribution of just $210 a month for 17 years can result in considerable savings that reduce the need for a student loan.

Education Expense

Fact: You can access $7,200 or more in government grants for your child’s RESP.

You can enhance your disciplined education savings strategy with the benefit of government grants. The sooner you start a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for your child, the sooner you will be rewarded by the Canadian government for planning and thinking ahead.

TYPE OF GRANT EXPLANATION
 
Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG)* Everyone is eligible for the basic CESG which matches 20% of the first $2,500 you contribute to your child’s RESP each year up to a lifetime maximum of $7,200.
 
Additional CESG (ACESG)* If your family has an annual income below $90,563 your child may be entitled to an additional grant on the first $500 you contribute to his/her RESP each year. This additional 10% or 20% grant is referred to as the ACESG.
 
Canada Learning Bond (CLB)*

If your family receives the National Child Benefit Supplement, your child may receive $500 in the first year and an additional $100 per year for each year you qualify until your child turns 15 – this could add up to an additional $2,000 in grants towards your child’s RESP.

* Subject to government guidelines.