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Virginia's Prepaid529 offers a variety of tuition packages to Virginia families.

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  • Program typePrepaid contract
  • Enrollment periodVirginia529 is planning to open Prepaid529 for enrollment March 1 through April 30, 2019.
  • Inception1996
  • State agency
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Virginia College Savings Plan Board and its Executive Director

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for VA residents

This is an excellent program with many benefits for the participant and positive investment attributes. If it has any significant weaknesses then it also has some particularly good things to recommend it.

Our overall rating for non-residents

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

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State residency requirements:

The account owner, beneficiary, or parent of a non-resident beneficiary at the time of program enrollment must be a Virginia resident or member of the U.S. military who is either stationed in Virginia or who claims Virginia as home of record .

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

U.S. citizens and legal residents at least 18 years old, UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities.

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

The beneficiary must be in the 9th grade or below at the time the contract is purchased. Contract benefits must be used within ten years after the projected date of high school graduation, unless an extension is granted.

Did you know?

  • VA residents can claim a tax deduction for contributions to a VA 529 plan.

    Contributions are deductible in computing state taxable income

  • 529 plan contributions grow tax-free.

    Withdrawals are tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses.

  • You can contribute as much as you want, as often as you want.

    The key is to get started. Enroll today by completing a quick form online.

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Minimum contributions:


Contractual Features

Contract prices:

Contracts are available in semester increments. In the 2018-19 enrollment, prices range from $8,970 for a 5th to 9th grader to $9,720 for newborn - age 4/5.

Available tuition packages:

Prices cover a semester at a Virginia public four-year university/college or 2 2/3 semester at a Virginia two-year/community college. A maximum of ten semesters may be purchased for a beneficiary.

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

Private Institutions: The contract will pay the lesser of 1) payments made on the contract plus the actual rate of return earned on the invested funds, compounded annually or 2) the highest in-state undergraduate tuition at a Virginia public institutions in the same semester the benefits are used.

Out-of-State Instituions: The contract will pay the lesser of 1) payments made on the contract plus interest at a reasonable rate of return based on institutional money market rates, or 2) the average in-state undergraduate tuition at Virginia public institutions for the same academic semester the benefits are used.

Contract payment options:

Lump sum, initial down payment and installment payments for the balance, or installment payments only. Lump-sum and first monthly payments are typically due by May 1st.

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


Are program benefits collateralized or guaranteed in any other way?

Yes, state legislation currently provides a financial guarantee in each year's state budget to cover Prepaid529's contractual obligations in the event of a funding shortfall. This provision can only be changed by the Virginia General Assembly, subject to the Governor's veto, and the General Assembly's ability to override a veto.

Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

Effective May 1, 2014, VA529 no longer charges an application fee for this program if application is submitted online.

Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filers$4,000/yr
  • Tax deduction for joint filers$4,000/yr


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:

Contributions to a Virginia 529 plan of up to $4,000 per account per year are deductible in computing Virginia taxable income, with an unlimited carryforward of excess contributions. Contributions are fully deductible in the year of contribution for taxpayers at least 70 years of age. Contributions from a non-owner are deductible by the account owner and not by the non-owner/contributor. Contribution deadline is receipt (not postmark date) by the last business day of the year based on agency calendar.

State tax recapture provisions:

The principal portion of rollovers and nonqualified withdrawals from this plan are included in Virginia taxable income to the extent of prior Virginia tax deductions. Nonqualified withdrawals for this purpose do not include withdrawals made as the result of the beneficiary's death or disability or withdrawals made on account of the beneficiary's receipt of a scholarship.

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

Qualified distributions from Virginia and non-Virginia 529 plans are exempt. Virginia also exempts distributions from a Virginia 529 plan attributable to the beneficiary's death, disability, or receipt of a scholarship.

State tax treatment of rollovers:

Virginia follows federal tax-free treatment except that outbound rollovers are subject to the recapture of prior state tax deductions.

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?


Does the program have a formal agreement with a rewards program or outside scholarship program?

Yes, the Upromise Rewards program can be linked to any 529 college savings plan. Upromise Rewards is free to join and offers members cash back for college.

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Upromise Helps Families Save for College

Statutory protection of an account from creditors:


Did you know?

  • Residents are not limited to investing in their own state's 529 plan.

    Another state may offer a plan that performs better and has lower fees.

  • The 529 plan chosen does not affect which state the student enrolls in.

    You can live in New York, open a plan from Nevada and send a student to college in Florida.

  • The best way to maximize your college savings?

    Start early and save often. You can get started today with easy online enrollment.

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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Eligible educational institution.

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

Accepts requests to transfer contract ownership ($10 fee unless account owner has died or became disabled).






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