NU Online News Service, Sept. 7, 2004, 5:33 p.m. EDT

John Hancock Freedom 529, Boston, has posted a Tuition Bill calculator on the Web.[@@]

Financial consultants can use the tool to estimate how much parents or others can expect to pay for college tuition and related living expenses for college savings plan beneficiaries, John Hancock says.

Consultants can customize the estimate report and present it to clients in the form of a college tuition “bill.”

The tool is on the Web at

John Hancock Freedom 529 is a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., Toronto.