The DreamAhead College Investment Plan is Washington’s direct-sold 529 college savings plan that helps families save for future higher education expenses. DreamAhead opened in 2018, and since then, over 16,000 students have taken distributions of $521.1 million in DreamAhead benefits to help pay for qualified higher education expenses at colleges, universities, and technical schools nationwide.
- Program typeSavings
- State agencyWashington Student Achievement Council
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerVestwell State Savings, LLC, Vestwell State Savings, LLC
- Program distributorCommittee on Advanced Tuition Payment and College Savings (WA529 Committee)
Ratings & Rankings
Our overall rating for WA residents
This is a program that offers outstanding flexibility, attractive investments, and additional economic benefits (such as generous state tax incentives) that for some people, at least, will provide a substantial boost to their savings. There are few, if any, weaknesses noted in the program.
Our overall rating for non-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.
State residency requirements:
Who can be a participant/owner in the program?
Did you know?
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.
Does the program offer an e-gifting platform for receiving gift contributions?
Age-based/Enrollment Year investment options:View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:View more static investment options
Underlying investments:View a full list of this plan’s investment options
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Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filersNone
- Tax deduction for joint filersNone
Washington doesn't offer tax deductions
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State definition of qualified expenses
Is there a rewards program or outside scholarship program that works with this program?
Upromise Helps Families Save for College
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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.
Distributions & Terminations
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Documents, Access & Reporting
Does participant have online password-protected access to account?
Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?
Documents and other services accessible or downloadable on the program's public Web site:
Start saving for your child’s future today
Complete the online application and make your first deposit