What happens if I contribute too much to an RESP?
Contributions to an RESP should not exceed $50,000 per beneficiary over the plan’s lifetime. If you over-contribute to an RESP, you’ll be charged 1% on the additional contribution amount, per month, at the end of the year. So if you’ve contributed $1,000 too much on July 1, you’ll be charged $60 (that’s $10 multiplied by six months).
But don’t worry, we’ve got your back—we’ll alert you if you’ve contributed too much to the Bright Plan, but we don’t track any other RESPs you have. As long as you take out the excess contribution by the end of the year, you won’t have to pay any penalties.