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College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program
College Illinois! was established to make college accessible and affordable for Illinois students and families. Program enrollment for 2018-19 is currently on hold pending continuing discussions with policymakers to help define proposals that will strengthen College Illinois! and efforts to move those proposals forward in the legislative process.
- Program typePrepaid contract
- Enrollment periodCollege Illinois! has a defined enrollment period. Program enrollment for 2018-19 is currently on hold pending continuing discussions with policymakers to help define proposals that will strengthen College Illinois! and efforts to move those proposals forward in the legislative process.
- State agencyIllinois Student Assistance Commission
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerIllinois Student Assistance Commission
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This program is not open to you either because it has residency requirements or because it has stopped accepting new enrollments.
State residency requirements:The account owner or beneficiary must be an Illinois resident for at least 12 months prior to application.
Who can be a participant/owner in the program?U.S. citizens and resident aliens at least 18 years old, UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities.
Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:The contract must be purchased at least three years before benefits are used to pay for tuition and fees. The beneficiary must begin using contract benefits within 10 years of the projected enrollment date and then has 10 years to use the benefits.
Minimum contributions:UNLOCK PRO
Contract prices:Pricing is specifically aligned to the age of your child when you purchase the contract. The younger your child is when you buy a contract, the more you save on the purchase of a prepaid tuition plan.
Available tuition packages:Up to nine semesters of university level tuition and mandatory fees, up to four semesters of community college level tuition and mandatory fees, or a combination of four university semesters and four community college semesters. The University+ option is separately priced and covers the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Benefits for beneficiary attending private or out-of-state institution:Equal to the average mean-weighted credit hour value of public in-state costs at the time prepaid tuition benefits are used.
Contract payment options:Lump sum, 5 year monthly, 5 year annual and extended payments are offered. The extended payment plans are available only for children in 6th grade and younger. The extended payments offered match the number of years until your child starts college. The first payment is due on the first day of the second month following the month of enrollment.
Are program benefits backed by the full faith and credit of the state?No
Are program benefits collateralized or guaranteed in any other way?College Illinois! funds are backed by the moral obligation of the state, which requires the Governor to request state funding from the General Assembly in any year the program lacks sufficient funds to pay its contractual obligations.
Fees & Expenses
Enrollment or application fee:None.
Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filers$10,000/yr
- Tax deduction for joint filers$20,000/yr
Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.