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College Savings

Expanding access to college

529 College Savings Plans are the primary tax advantaged way for families to save for college.  As a part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Congress and the Administration approved common sense legislation to make improvements to the 529 program.  

NAST and its affiliate, the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN), continues to work with Congress to improve 529 plans as Congress considers other changes to the tax code and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in 2019.

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College Savings Plans Network (CSPN)

A Network of the National Association of State Treasurers

CSPN is the leading objective source of information about Section 529 College Savings Plans and Prepaid Tuition Plans.

CSPN brings together administrators of 529 savings and prepaid plans from across the country, as well as their private sector partners, to offer convenient tools and objective, unbiased information to help families make informed decisions about saving for college.

All College Savings Resolutions

Supporting a Solution to Minimize Student Debt for the Next Generation
NAST support for promoting awareness of 529 College Savings Plans as a part of the solution to rising student loan debt.
Approved September 15, 2020.
NAST & CSPN SUPPORT A SOLUTION TO MINIMIZE STUDENT DEBT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
National Association of State Treasurers and its affiliate, the College Savings Plans Network, supports coming together to further promote the awareness of 529 College Savings Plans, individually within states and localities and as a whole through College Savings Plans Network’s national awareness efforts. Joining together to bring more awareness to this proactive approach can help prevent massive student debt for those who have yet to earn their degrees at four-year universities, community colleges, and technical and vocational schools.
May 21, 2020
Regarding the Treatment of Section 529 Qualified Tuition Plans Under the Higher Education Act
Urging the President and the Congress of the United States to revise the Higher Education Act to include language in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to change the current federal financial aid methodology related to the treatment of Section 529 qualified tuition plans.
Approved in 2008. Amended and renewed in 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020.
Preserving the current tax treatment of Section 529 Qualified Tuition Programs
Approved in 2013. Amended and renewed in 2016 and 2019
Inclusion of Contributions to 529 Plans in the Saver's Tax Credit
Inclusion of Section 529 programs in the Saver’s Credit to Encourage more American Families to Save for the Rising Cost of Higher Education
Approved in 2007. Amended and renewed in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.
Expand the use of 529 Plans to Include Student Loan Payments
Allow 529 Plan Participants to use their account to make payments for student laons for postsecondary education opportunities
Approved in 2019.
Expand the use of 529 Plans to include Apprenticeship Programs
Expand Use of Section 529 College Savings Accounts to include Postsecondary Education Programs including Registered Apprenticeship Programs
Approved in 2019.
Employer Incentives to Contribute to an Employee's 529 Plan
Provide Incentives and Direction to Employers to Encourage Employee Savings in a Section 529 College Savings Program
Approved in 2007. Amended and renewed in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.
529 Plan Rollovers to IRA
To allow participants in a Section 529 College Savings Program the additional flexibility to rollover excess funds from a 529 Plan to an IRA
Approved in 2013. Amended and renewed in 2016 and 2019.
State Tax Policy and Other Benefits between States for Section 529 Qualified Tuition Programs
A Resolution Supporting States' Efforts to Develop Tax and other Incentives to Promote Saving for Postsecondary Education
Approved in 2006. Renewed in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018.
Distribution Period for 529 Plans
To Support Legislation or Policy that would clarify for 529 Plan Participants the period of time by which to take Distributions for Qualified Higher Education Expenses
Approved in 2012. Renewed in 2015 and 2018.