DreamAhead College Investment Plan

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.

Fee Score

4 / 5

Performance

2 / 5
  • Program type
    Savings
  • Inception
    2018
  • State agency
    Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Vestwell State Savings, LLC, Vestwell State Savings, LLC
  • Program distributor
    Committee 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.

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.

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

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Performance

Contributions

Maximum contributions:

Minimum contributions:

Does the program offer an e-gifting platform for receiving gift contributions?

Investment Options

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Static investment options:

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Fees & Expenses

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Expenses of the underlying investments:

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Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filers
    None
  • Tax deduction for joint filers
    None

Note

Washington doesn't offer tax deductions

Program match on contributions:

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

State tax recapture provisions:

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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Distributions & Terminations

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Account Changes

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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:

Contact

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