Private College 529 Plan

Brandeis University is a proud participant in the Private College 529 Plan, a prepaid college tuition plan tailored specifically for private colleges.

Responding to a national call to make higher education more affordable and more accessible to students, Brandeis University has joined with more than 250 other private colleges and universities across the country to offer a tax-advantaged way for families to save for tuition.  

The Private College 529 Plan allows you to:

  • Prepay some or all of future private college tuition** at less than today’s price
  • Enroll at any time
  • Contribute to an account at any time
  • Redeem certificates at any of the participating schools
  • Make federal tax-free withdrawals*

Moreover, with the Private College 529 Plan there are:

  • No special eligibility requirements
  • No income limits for participation
  • No fees to account owners as participating colleges pay all fees related to management of the program

About 529 Plans

Section 529 Plans, named for the IRS code that defines them, have gained in popularity over the last decade. Families are attracted to the plans because earnings on the accounts generate no federal income tax* if used as intended for higher education purposes.

As with all 529 programs, assets in a Private College 529 Plan account are transferable to other members of the family, and refunds are available if the student receives a scholarship or decides not to attend college.

Additionally, in the case of the Private College 529 Plan, assets are refundable if the student attends a school outside of the Tuition Plan Consortium.

For purchasers, the effectiveness of the Private College 529 Plan is not dependent on the performance of the stock or bond markets. Rather, contributions actually go toward pre-purchasing tuition**.

Individuals can open a Private College 529 Plan accounts - browse the most current member college list and explore plan features on the Private College 529 Plan website.

The tax information contained herein is not intended to be used and cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. It was written to support the promotion of Private College 529. Taxpayers should seek advice based on their own particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

*This is provided that withdrawals are used to pay for qualified tuition expenses. Purchasers should read the Disclosure Booklet, including the Enrollment Agreement, carefully before making purchase decisions. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC distributor, member NASD, SIPC. Tuition Plan Consortium, LLC is the program sponsor and TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. is the program manager.

**All references to tuition include mandatory fees. The program does not cover housing and food at this time.

Participation in Private College 529 Plan does not guarantee admission to any college or university, nor does it affect the admissions process. 

† As of January 2007