Section 529 Professional Resources
The following professional resources relating to section 529 plans will be of interest primarily to state government administrators, financial aid professionals and public policy analysts.
The College Savings Plan Network (CSPN) was formed in 1991 as an affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST). CSPN shares information among existing state college savings plans, provides information to state agencies that are interested in starting a college savings program and monitors federal activities and legislation affecting the state programs.
Students and parents who contact CSPN will be referred to the appropriate office in their state government. Their site includes a web page providing the state contact information as well as a tool for comparing 529 college savings plans. The site's media room contains statistics about 529 plans, including the number of 529 plan accounts and average account size.
For more information, visit www.collegesavings.org
The College Savings Foundation is a professional membership organization for the education savings industry. CSF is focused on encouraging public policy support for 529 college savings plans and in public awareness initiatives. Major goals of CSF include preserving and enhancing incentives to save for higher education, such as making the tax-free status of 529 plan distributions for qualified higher education expenses permanent, ensuring favorable student financial aid treatment of 529 plan assets and distributions, and establishing uniform state tax policies that treat all 529 plan programs equally.
For more information, visit www.collegesavingsfoundation.org/.
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