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  • Are Major Legislative Changes Coming for 529 Plans?

    Ever since the political backlash the president endured after talking about the possibility of taxing 529 plan earnings, legislation about improving 529 plans that was sitting still has now become a marathon runner towards the congressional finish line.

  • 3 Reasons to Avoid Life Insurance Policies for College

    Once their child is born, parents are often bombarded with literature and advertisements touting different methods to save for college. And with the promise of guaranteed rates of return, cash-value life insurance policies are often pushed to eager, college-planning parents.

  • 4 insider tips to get the best financial aid package

    Financial aid consultants offer some tricks for navigating the system and point out the biggest sources of confusion their clients encounter along the way.

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  • A Cause for 529 Celebrations

    As the cost of higher education continues to rise, May 29th marks National 529 College Savings Day, a day to raise awareness about the importance of saving for college, specifically through 529 plans.

  • CSPN Statement of Senate Finance approval of S335

    The Senate Finance Committee approved S. 335, the companion bill to H.R. 529, which was passed with a bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives in February.

  • CSPN Low/Moderate Income Strategies

    This brochure summarizes what 529 plans are doing to target low and moderate income families to help them save for college.

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National Conference Takeaway: Innovation Will Drive Savings Success

Betty Lochner
CSPN Chair and Director of Washington’s GET Program 
May 20, 2015

Michelangelo once said "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high
and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." To me this quote defines my experience last week at CSPN's annual conference. As 529 professionals we were inspired to continue to discover, share and create new ways to enhance the services and benefits of our college savings plans for American families. 

One of the key topics was the recently enacted federal ABLE Act, which now provides people with disabilities the opportunity to save for future housing, education, training and health care expenses in a tax-free way, much like 529 plans. For the first time since this legislation passed, leading experts from the 529 and disability communities gathered to talk about how to implement these plans on a statewide level in a timely, efficient and effective manner. The generative conversations that took place established a strong working relationship so that the needs, hopes and desires of all interested parties are met. 

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