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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 2020-21 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.

Fee Score

2 / 5

Performance

N/A
  • Program type
    Prepaid contract
  • Enrollment period
    College Illinois! has a defined enrollment period. Program enrollment for 2020-21 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.
  • Inception
    1998
  • State agency
    Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for IL residents

This is a very good program that offers valuable benefits but may have some limitations or concerns that investors need to know.

Our overall rating for non-residents

Not Open

This program is not open to you either because it has residency requirements or because it has stopped accepting new enrollments.

SAVING FOR COLLEGE’S 5-Cap Ratings provides an evaluation and comparison of 529 plans, utilizing a formula that examines dozens of factors grouped into the following categories.

Financial Benefits

3.50

Features

3.50

Safety

2.00

Reliability

3.00

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

Contributions

Minimum contributions:

Contractual Features

Contract prices:

Available tuition packages:

Benefits for beneficiary attending private or out-of-state institution:

Contract payment options:

Are program benefits backed by the full faith and credit of the state?

Are program benefits collateralized or guaranteed in any other way?

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Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filers
    $10,000/yr
  • Tax deduction for joint filers
    $20,000/yr

Example

Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.

Program match on contributions:

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

State tax recapture provisions:

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

State tax treatment of rollovers:

Does the sponsoring state exclude the value of an account for state financial aid purposes?

Does participation in the program provide beneficiaries with any advantages in qualifying for resident tuition status at state institutions?

Is there a rewards program or outside scholarship program that works with this program?

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Statutory protection of an account from creditors:

Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

Contact

Website:

Telephone:

Twitter

http://twitter.com/CollegeIllinois

Facebook

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