Virginia operates a multi-manager, direct-sold 529 college savings program (Invest529) and an advisor-sold 529 plan (CollegeAmerica) utilizing American Funds. Both Virginia 529 plans are available to residents of any state. Virginia's prepaid tuition program (Prepaid529) closed to new enrollment as of April 30, 2019. The CollegeWealth program offered through Union Bank & Trust was closed during the first quarter of 2017.
More about each Virginia 529 plan is available in the following links.
Virginia 529 Tax Benefit
Consumer plans fall under three categories: direct-sold, unit-type prepaid, and contract-type prepaid.
529 plans allow investors to purchase directly from the plan manager. You will have to rely on your own research to identify your best options, or you can hire a fee-based financial planner.
Direct-sold 529 plans are approved and monitored by each state and are managed by professional investment firms. There are no sales charges with these plans.
Unit-type prepaid plans allow you to buy 'units' of tuition which may equate to credits or hours.
Contract-type prepaid plans can be purchased to cover between 1 to 5 years of future tuition either on a lump sum or installment basis.
Advisor-Sold 529 plans are sold only through financial advisors. Using an advisor means you get the benefit of advice and expertise of an investment professional, but may mean you pay sales charges or incur other fees that are used to compensate the advisor.
Virginia's CollegeAmerica is an advisor-sold 529 plan that makes available a line-up target date fund portfolios, multi-fund portfolios, individual fund portfolios from American Funds through Class 529-A, 529-C, 529-E, 529-F-1, 529-F-2 and 529-F-3 shares....
529 ABLE accounts allow americans living with disabilities to save money for college and other expenses in a tax-deferred account without affecting their eligibility to receive medicaid, supplemental security income or other public benefits.
The ABLEnow Program allows eligible individuals to save for qualified disability expenses on a tax-advantaged basis without jeopardizing eligibility for federal means-tested benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid.