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Benefits

There are many benefits to saving with Virginia529, the largest 529 plan in the nation. Here are a few:

Perks and discounts

Discounts and perks from Virginia529 partners

As a Virginia529 account owner, you’ve earned membership to the Smart Savers Club, with exclusive rewards and discounts.

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Extended time

Plenty of time to use your account for higher education

There’s no rush to use your Virginia529 account. The exact length of time depends on the type of program selected.

10 years

Apply your contract to higher education costs by the tenth anniversary of the beneficiary’s high school graduation date or contact Virginia529 to request an extension.

30 years

Exhaust your saved funds within 30 years of the beneficiary’s high school graduation or the date the account was opened if the beneficiary has graduated from high school.

30 years

For CollegeAmerica, contact your financial adviser or American Funds.

More information about these timelines is available in the Prepaid529 or Invest529 program descriptions.

Remember tax deduction

Remember your tax deduction

If you’re a Virginia taxpayer, remember to deduct contributions from your Virginia state individual income tax. Taxpayers under age 70 on or before December 31 of the taxable year may deduct up to $4,000 per account per year with an unlimited carryforward of any contributions over $4,000 to future tax years, subject to certain restrictions. If you’re over 70, you may deduct the actual amount contributed that taxable year.

You also can direct all or some of a Virginia tax refund into your account to boost your savings.

(If you owe taxes to another state, check with your state’s tax department to learn if you can deduct contributions to Virginia529.)

More on tax benefits for Virginia529 accounts

Important reminders:

Always yours

The money you save is always yours

Should plans change – if your student receives a scholarship or doesn’t pursue higher education – the money you saved is still yours. You can reserve the money for graduate school, transfer the account to a member of the current beneficiary’s family without penalty in most cases or withdraw the funds (non-qualified distributions may incur certain tax payments and penalties).

Not just for college

It’s not just for college

Virginia529 accounts can fund many qualified higher education expenses for eligible four-year colleges, two-year colleges, graduate schools, trade schools, training programs and tuition at private or religious K-12 schools.

Go anywhere

In state, out of state, public or private … go anywhere!

Use your Virginia529 account at an eligible educational institution around the country – or even the world. Plus, accounts are flexible and can fund qualified higher education expenses at public or private colleges.

Save for yourself

Save for yourself

Virginia529 accounts are open to all ages. While Prepaid529 has age limitations and a limited enrollment period, Invest529 and CollegeAmerica can be opened at any time for anyone – even adults.