Please note: The PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) will be making some important changes which will take effect April 27, 2018. Details of these changes are available here. During the implementation process, PA 529 IP account owners will not be able to access their accounts online or by phone from 4:00 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 26, 2018, until 8:00 AM (EST) on Monday, April 30, 2018. Additional details are available in a supplement to the PA 529 IP Disclosure Statement.
Additionally, you will not be able to enroll in a new PA 529 IP account online during this blackout period. Please call 800-440-4000 with any questions.
Additionally, on December 22, 2017, the president signed new tax legislation into law. While we're working on updating our website to reflect the new U.S. tax laws, the website may not address these changes.
The legislation includes several new provisions related specifically to 529 plan accounts, beginning with the 2018 tax year:
- Account owners can use assets to pay for qualified K-12 tuition expenses up to $10,000 per year, per student.
- Account owners can treat qualified K-12 withdrawals as qualified expenses with respect to the federal and Pennsylvania state tax benefits.
- Account owners can roll over 529 plans to ABLE plans, up to the ABLE annual contribution limit.
Please check back as we update our website to reflect these changes. For additional guidance on these new provisions, account owners should consult the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 717-787-8201 or consult a qualified tax advisor about your personal situation.
As a PA 529 IP account owner, you own units of your chosen investment portfolio, not shares of the plan's underlying investments.
Blended Stock and Bond Portfolios
100% Bond and Short-Term Investment Portfolios
100% Stock Portfolios
The PA 529 Investment Plan helps families save for education in a way that meets their needs and budget.
You control your PA 529 IP account, selecting from a list of 17 investment options from Vanguard, one of America's largest financial service companies. Funds range from conservative to balanced to aggressive in their investment approaches. How you invest is up to you.
Your return is based on the performance of the underlying funds, which include stocks, bonds and other investments, depending on the options you choose. Due to market conditions, your return could be higher or lower than the rate of tuition inflation.
PA 529 Investment Plan Rating Upgraded by MorningstarTM in 2020 to Silver and Considered “Best in Class” Plan.1
The PA 529 Investment Plan (IP) has received, for the first time in its history, a Morningstar Silver RatingTM in its review of Top 529 College Savings Plans for 2020. As one of only 14 plans nationwide to earn Silver or Gold, the rating puts the PA 529 IP among an elite group of 35 “Best in Class” plans rated by MorningstarTM.
The PA 529 IP is one of only three plans that experienced an upgrade from neutral to silver in just two years.
Morningstar rates 529 plans based on four key pillars: Process, People, Parents, and Price. According to Morningstar’s analysis, the PA 529 IP’s rating was upgraded to a Morningstar Silver RatingTM based on shrewd design, diligent stewardship, and compelling fees. MorningstarTM also highlighted some of PA 529’s unique benefits, including a rewards program and the Keystone Scholars program, which provides a $100 starter deposit to a PA 529 account for every baby born to a Pennsylvania family starting in 2019.
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Easy to set up. Anyone can open a PA 529 IP account with as little as $10 and make contributions of $10 or more whenever you want. Payroll deduction and automatic investing plans make saving even easier.
Use your account at most schools. You can use your PA 529 to pay for most higher education expenses at many colleges, universities and community colleges, as well as graduate, career and technical schools in the U.S. and abroad. You can also use your PA 529 at elementary or secondary public, private, or religious schools. You can also use a PA 529 account for certain expenses associated with a registered and certified apprenticeship program. Visit fafsa.ed.gov to see eligible post-secondary schools and visit apprenticeship.gov.
Pay for more than just tuition. Qualified higher education expenses include tuition, certain room and board costs, required books and supplies, fees and special needs services, as well as principle and interest on a qualified education loan for a PA 529 beneficiary or sibling.* For students in K-12 schools, you can use your PA 529 IP account to pay for tuition. See Qualified K-12 Education Expenses and Qualified Higher Education Expenses, below.
*Note – Only expenses for fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for the participation of a designated beneficiary in a registered and certified apprenticeship program are considered qualified higher education expenses.
Access your account. Manage your account securely online anytime or call the PA 529 IP to speak to a savings specialist at 1-800-440-4000. You can change beneficiaries, permissions and investment choices any time.
No residency restrictions. Any U.S. legal resident 18 and older can open a PA 529 IP account.
Anyone can contribute. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends can all help cover the cost of your child's education.
It's affordable. The PA 529 IP has low fees that vary by investment option.
The PA 529 Investment Plan offers a choice of 17 investment options managed by The Vanguard Group: three age-based options and 14 individual funds, including a socially responsible equity portfolio. For more information, read the PA 529 IP Disclosure Statement.
Make investing simple with age-based options
You can simplify saving for college by selecting an investment option that automatically rebalances your asset mix at various stages of your child's life.
When you invest in an age-based fund, your assets are managed according to the age of your student and your risk tolerance, based on a series of investment portfolios that gradually change over time.
For younger beneficiaries, assets are placed in portfolios that invest in funds with higher concentrations of stocks. As the beneficiary ages, the assets are automatically shifted to more conservative funds that invest in bonds and short-term reserves to reduce your exposure to risk before you start making withdrawals.
Build your own education savings plan
In addition to age-based options, you can choose among 14 individual portfolios that allow you to customize and manage your own education savings program.
Unlike age-based options, the balance of stocks and bonds will remain fixed until you make a change. As your beneficiary nears college age, you may choose to adjust your investments based on your goals and objectives.
Federal law allows you to transfer assets already in your account between investment options twice per calendar year. You can change the investment direction of future contributions at any time.
About The Vanguard Group. The Vanguard Group serves as investment manager for the Pennsylvania 529 Investment Plan.
Three words – trust, value, and commitment – describe why millions of investors have made Vanguard their financial home since its founding more than 30 years ago. Vanguard is well known for its dedication to seeking outstanding performance, superior service and low costs. Vanguard is also client-owned, so it makes every decision with only its shareholders' investment needs in mind. Because Vanguard is committed to keeping costs at the lowest reasonable levels, more of your investment returns can keep working for you.
- PA 529 College and Career Savings Program
P.O. Box 55378
Boston, MA 02205-5378
By registered, certified, or overnight mail:
- PA 529 College and Career Savings Program
95 Wells Avenue, Suite 155
Newton, MA 02459
- 1 (800) 440 4000