529 College Savings Plan

Be ready for college when they are.

  • Anyone 18 or older can open a 529 College Savings Plan.
  • There are no state residency requirements.
  • Funds can be used at any accredited school eligible to accept federal financial aid.

Contributions

  • No annual limit. However, most state plans impose high lifetime limits on the amounts allowed in an account. Further, contributions are subject to federal gift tax laws, and excess contributions could result in gift tax implications.

Withdrawals

  • Withdrawals made for qualified education expenses, such as tuition, room and board and books are not subject to taxes.
  • If the purpose of the withdrawal is not for qualified educational expenses, the earnings portion of the withdrawal will be subject to state and federal income tax, as well as an additional 10% penalty.

Tax-deferred earnings — You don’t pay taxes on earnings while the money is in the account.

Tax-free withdrawals—You don’t pay federal taxes on money you take out of the account as long as it is used to cover qualified expenses for higher education.