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11/11/2015 at 1:59pm

Last week, several members of the Private College 529 Plan board presented a session on 529 plans at the College Board Forum.  Our data showed that colleges expect middle and upper income families to save for college, but they are not. We suggested that it is in the best interests of colleges and universities to find ways to promote savings in 529 plans. To distribute the information more widely, I've written a blog post for the Brookings Institution's Brown Center Chalkboard blog.

6/16/2015 at 1:55pm

If you are planning to open a Private College 529 account before tuition rates go up, you actually have a little more time than you might expect. You see, one second will be added to June 30 to synchronize atomic clocks with Earth’s rotation. It’s a phenomenon, known as “leap second,” which happens every few years.


5/8/2015 at 4:03pm

Recent growth in membership of Private College 529 Plan is an important reason for financial advisors to encourage their clients to explore the use of this non-traditional, prepaid investment vehicle, according to a recent article in Investment News magazine, a publication widely read by the nation’s financial advisors.


2/10/2015 at 4:20pm

President Obama's recent proposal to eliminate tax advantages for new funds into 529 investment and prepaid tuition plans is off the table. More people than ever are talking about saving for college. That helps explain why the plan fell apart -- a growing number of families are benefitting from them. Here's an excellent piece analyzing 529s from  Huffington Post.

1/30/2015 at 4:49pm

The oft-repeated phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” is not really true, but it did come to mind in the past week with the news that the Obama administration proposed – and now dropped – a plan to end the tax advantaged-status of Section 529 college savings plans. In my many years in both public and private higher education and as a Trustee of the Private College 529 Plan, I cannot remember seeing so much discussion of saving for college!