529 plans

Get an early upper hand saving for educational expenses with a tax-advantaged 529 plan.  Ideal for middle- to upper-income families, 529 plans offer a flexible way to pay school costs and may help minimize student loan debt.

  • Earnings are exempt from federal tax when used for qualified expenses. Non-qualified withdrawals are subject to taxes.
  • Contributions from family or even friends may be excludable up to federal gift and estate tax  limits.1,2
  • Use the money to pay for public, private and religious K–12 tuition as well as college expenses, including tuition, housing, computers and other supplies.3
  • 529 plans offer high maximum contributions that vary by state.
  • There are no time or age limits on contributing to or using a 529 plan.
  • Residents are not limited to investing in their own state's plan. However, tax laws vary by state so it's important to compare different 529 plans to find one that fits your needs.

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses associated with 529 plans prior to investing. Additional information about 529 plans is available in the issuer’s Official Statement which should be read prior to investing. A copy of the Official Statement can be obtained by contacting your financial advisor or by calling 800-634-1100.

Prior to investing, 529 plan investors should consider whether the investor’s or designated beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in such state’s qualified tuition program. By investing in a plan outside your state of residence, you may lose available state tax benefits. Make sure you understand your state’s tax laws to get the most from your plan. 529 college savings plans allow earnings to accumulate tax-free until withdrawn and withdrawals for qualified higher-education expenses are also tax-free. If you make a withdrawal for any other reason, the earnings portion of the withdrawal will be subject to both state and federal income tax, and possibly a 10 percent federal tax penalty. 

Meet with a financial advisor.

Talk with a U.S. Bancorp Advisors Wealth Management Advisor about saving for school costs and how to set up a 529 plan.


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  1. Consult your tax attorney or advisor.

  2. Combined contributions for a beneficiary cannot exceed the plan’s per-beneficiary limits.

  3. State tax treatment of withdrawals for K-12 tuition may vary from state to state. Withdrawals from a 529 plan for K-12 tuition by residents of states that do not recognize K-12 tuition as a qualified education expense may be subject to additional taxes and/or penalties.

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