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my529 is a tax-advantaged 529 educational savings plan designed to make it easier for families to invest in and pay for the qualified higher education expenses of a beneficiary.

Spend a few minutes learning about my529, Utah’s official and only nonprofit 529 plan, and read our Program Description. Then, take advantage of the following offer:*

  1. Open a my529 account between January 26, 2019, and February 9, 2019
  2. Enter promotional code 1901HOME
  3. Receive a $20 matching my529 contribution when you contribute at least $20
  4. To qualify, the new my529 account must be for an account owner and a beneficiary who are both new to my529 and Utah residents
  5. Promotional dollars available until funds run out

* Promotional offer does not apply to UGMA/UTMA accounts.

my529 is direct-sold

You can open a my529 account directly. A financial advisor isn’t necessary.

  • Free to open.
  • Low fees.
  • 529 funds can be used for tuition and other expenses at four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges or technical/trade schools.
  • Flexible investment options.

We have a lot of fans

my529 has earned Morningstar’s highest rating for the last eight years and 13 of the last 15 years.

Consumer expert and syndicated columnist Clark Howard puts my529 on his Dean’s List, “Here are the best places to invest your education savings”

Anyone age 18 or older can open an account

  • You don’t need to be related to the beneficiary
  • You can open an account for yourself
  • You don’t need to be a Utah resident

Free to open an account

  • No enrollment fee
  • No initial contribution or minimum balance required

Tax advantages

Tax-deferred growth

Account earnings accumulate tax-deferred. Your balance can grow faster because you don’t pay taxes annually on account earnings.

Tax-free withdrawals

Earnings on withdrawals are exempt from federal and Utah state income tax if the funds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses, including K-12 tuition expenses. (See below for more information on qualified higher education expenses.)

Low fees

my529 fees are among the lowest in the 529 industry.

Flexible investment options

my529 offers 13 investment options. (Note: Your investment could lose value.)

  • Four age-based options. These automatically reallocate your funds to be weighted less in equity funds and more in fixed-income funds, a PIMCO stable value fund, or FDIC-insured accounts as your beneficiary ages.
  • Seven static options. The asset allocation you choose when you open an account stays the same unless you request a change.
  • Two customized options. You can design a customized age-based or a customized static option that works best for you.
  • You can change investment options twice a year.
  • More information on my529’s investment options: age-based, static, customized

Use 529 funds for tuition and other expenses

Withdrawals can be used for the qualified higher education expenses of your beneficiary at any eligible educational institution in the United States or abroad that participates in federal student aid programs.

An eligible educational institution generally includes any accredited public or private college, university, or vocational school. Contact your school of interest to determine their eligibility. You can also find a complete list of institutions, updated quarterly, at the U.S. Department of Education federal student aid site.

my529 account owners also may withdraw funds tax-free up to $10,000 annually from their account for K-12 tuition expenses at public, private, and religious elementary or secondary schools.

What are qualified higher educational expenses?

  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment
  • Computers, related software and equipment, and internet service
  • Room and board (up to a certain amount) for students enrolled at least half time
  • Services required for a student with special needs to attend a post-secondary school
  • K-12 tuition expenses of up to $10,000 per year per beneficiary (from all 529 accounts) at public, private, or religious schools

Important notice: Federal and state tax consequences will apply if account earnings are used for nonqualified expenses.

Utah account owners may qualify for a Utah state income tax credit or deduction

  • A 5 percent state income tax credit is available to individuals, couples, and trusts for annual contributions up to a certain limit.
  • A 5 percent state income tax deduction is available to corporations for annual contributions up to a certain limit.

Please read the my529 Program Description for more information.