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Top 529 plans to follow on twitter
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Posted: 2014-04-15

by Kathryn Flynn

Now that you’re following the top 20 people on Twitter that can help you save for college, it’s time to start thinking about which plans you might want to invest with. 529 college savings plans are currently available through 48 U.S. States. What you may not realize is that in most cases, any U.S. citizen is eligible to invest in any state’s plan regardless of where they reside.

Search 529 plans by state here.

What’s more, those who use 529 plans are allowed to roll their funds over to a different fund (once in a 12-month period) if they choose. To help you keep up-to-date with the latest college savings news, here are the 10 most active plans on Twitter, ranked by number of followers:

  • California @Scholarshare529
    In addition to providing college savings news and advice to followers, California’s ScholarShare 529 plan hosts educational webinars in English and Spanish. They’ve also done a great job at keeping up with mobile technology by offering a free Saving4College smartphone app and providing users with mobile access to their accounts.
  • Massachusetts @MEFAtweets
    The Massachusetts Educational Funding Authority (MEFA) regularly tweets about education news, tips for families and their U.Fund® 529 plan. Those who have been accepted into college can attend and in-person seminar or webinar to receive information on things like financial aid.
  • Virginia @Virginia529
    As the largest 529 plan in the nation, Virginia’s college savings programs boast “plan options for everyone”. The inVEST plan even offers a socially targeted investment portfolio.
  • Ohio @Ohio529plan
    Ohio’s College Advantage savings plans are taking full advantage of the Twitter scene with just under 900 followers. The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority also regularly provides articles and news on their blog.
  • Oregon @OregonCSP
    Oregon’s college savings plan is active on both Twitter and Facebook, posting updates and pictures on local events and college planning news. The plan encourages residents to save by offering a financial literacy program for children attending Oregon public elementary schools.
  • Georgia Path2College529
    In addition to receiving state income tax benefits, residents are eligible to enter a $25,000 sweepstakes running through August 2014.
  • Oklahoma @OCSP529
    Follow Oklahoma’s 529 plan on Twitter for local news and personal finance tips. Residents and current account owners from any state with new babies can enter to win $5,529 in college savings plus a special prize for the hospital where the baby was born.
  • Mississippi @save4collegems
    Twitter followers of the MPACT and MACS plans are kept abreast of the latest industry news via tweets and retweets. As part of a current promotion, all account owners who sign up for e-Delivery get a chance to win an Apple iPad.
  • Illinois @BrightStart529
    As a former Illinois resident, President Obama has made large contributions to Bright Start 529 plans for his daughters, Sasha and Malia. Twitter followers get daily updates about the plans as well as personal finance tips for families.
  • Iowa @Iowa529Plan
    Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is a strong supporter of the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan. He features a personal note on the plan’s website and Twitter followers will see pictures of him with his grandson (who receives regular contributions to his 529 account from his Grandfather).

Other 529 College Savings Plans on Twitter:

Let us know if there are any that should be added to this list!

Now that you’re following the top 20 people on Twitter that can help you save for college, it’s time to start thinking about which plans you might want to invest with. 529 college savings plans are currently available through 48 U.S. States. What you may not realize is that in most cases, any U.S. citizen is eligible to invest in any state’s plan regardless of where they reside.

Search 529 plans by state here.

What’s more, those who use 529 plans are allowed to roll their funds over to a different fund (once in a 12-month period) if they choose. To help you keep up-to-date with the latest college savings news, here are the 10 most active plans on Twitter, ranked by number of followers:

  • California @Scholarshare529
    In addition to providing college savings news and advice to followers, California’s ScholarShare 529 plan hosts educational webinars in English and Spanish. They’ve also done a great job at keeping up with mobile technology by offering a free Saving4College smartphone app and providing users with mobile access to their accounts.
  • Massachusetts @MEFAtweets
    The Massachusetts Educational Funding Authority (MEFA) regularly tweets about education news, tips for families and their U.Fund® 529 plan. Those who have been accepted into college can attend and in-person seminar or webinar to receive information on things like financial aid.
  • Virginia @Virginia529
    As the largest 529 plan in the nation, Virginia’s college savings programs boast “plan options for everyone”. The inVEST plan even offers a socially targeted investment portfolio.
  • Ohio @Ohio529plan
    Ohio’s College Advantage savings plans are taking full advantage of the Twitter scene with just under 900 followers. The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority also regularly provides articles and news on their blog.
  • Oregon @OregonCSP
    Oregon’s college savings plan is active on both Twitter and Facebook, posting updates and pictures on local events and college planning news. The plan encourages residents to save by offering a financial literacy program for children attending Oregon public elementary schools.
  • Georgia Path2College529
    In addition to receiving state income tax benefits, residents are eligible to enter a $25,000 sweepstakes running through August 2014.
  • Oklahoma @OCSP529
    Follow Oklahoma’s 529 plan on Twitter for local news and personal finance tips. Residents and current account owners from any state with new babies can enter to win $5,529 in college savings plus a special prize for the hospital where the baby was born.
  • Mississippi @save4collegems
    Twitter followers of the MPACT and MACS plans are kept abreast of the latest industry news via tweets and retweets. As part of a current promotion, all account owners who sign up for e-Delivery get a chance to win an Apple iPad.
  • Illinois @BrightStart529
    As a former Illinois resident, President Obama has made large contributions to Bright Start 529 plans for his daughters, Sasha and Malia. Twitter followers get daily updates about the plans as well as personal finance tips for families.
  • Iowa @Iowa529Plan
    Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is a strong supporter of the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan. He features a personal note on the plan’s website and Twitter followers will see pictures of him with his grandson (who receives regular contributions to his 529 account from his Grandfather).

Other 529 College Savings Plans on Twitter:

Let us know if there are any that should be added to this list!

 

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