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Arkansas 529 Education Savings Plan Reaches $1 Billion in Assets
August 25, 2020

New Holiday Celebrates the Power of College Savings for Arkansas Students
November 27, 2019

Treasurer Dennis Milligan to Bring Smart Women Smart Money Conference to Rogers
March 20, 2019

Treasurer of State, Arkansas Department of Human Services Announce Availability of College Savings Accounts for Children in Foster Care
September 27, 2018

Arkansas 529 College Investing Plan Launches Industry-First Mobile Application
July 17, 2018

About the AR 529 Program
September 2017

Treasurer of State, Crowley's Ridge Development Council Launch College-Savings Program
September 6, 2017

Arkansas College Investment Program Sees Reduction in Fees Due to Tremendous Growth
June 5, 2017

Editorial from the State Treasurer
April 2017

State Treasurer Kicks Off Inaugural Financial Health Summit in Little Rock
April 5, 2017

Arkansas college-savings program sees jump in growth during Treasurer Dennis Milligan's administration
February 7, 2017

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We welcome media inquiries about the Arkansas 529 GIFT Plan. Please contact:

Fran Jansen
Director, 529 Program & Financial Education
Treasurer of State
1401 West Capitol, Suite 275
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501.682.1391
fran.jansen@artreasury.gov

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Arkansas 529 GIFT Plan fact sheet: A brief guide to general plan information, contact information, and additional resources.

College savings tips sheet: 10 tips on how to save for college.

Arkansas 529 GIFT Plan infographic: A snapshot of how Arkansans are using the GIFT Plan.

Infographic explaining that college is expensive but saving for college doesn't have to be. Did you know that Arkansas has 216,799 households with children under the age of 18? But only 13,846 people are currently saving for college by investing in the Arkansas Gift 529 College Investing Plan. So what's one thing to do to save for college? Start. It doesn't take a lot. Maybe just the cost of a night at the movies. For Arkansans, the smart way to save for college is simple, too. And many of them could be missin out on years of savings. That's because 67% of Gift Arkansas 529 plan accounts are for children age 10 or older. Contribute automatically with each paycheck. The earlier the families start, the more they could save. The median automatic contribution to a gift Arkansas 529 plan is $50, which is just a little more than a night out at the movies. Average cost of movie tickets for family of four is $32.68 (plus the cost of food and drink). What could just 1 movie night a month over 18 years be worth for college? $11,221. Gift Arkansas 529 College Investing Plan logo. 1. 2010 Census Data based off husband/wife household 2. Ascensus College Savings as of 7/31/2015 3. Cost of Movie Ticket: $8.17 http://natoonline.org/data/ticket-price/ 4. Hypothetical example assumes $32.68 over 18 years with 5% interest and 0 family savings: https://bigfuture.collegboard.org/pay-for-college/paying-your-share/college-savings-calculator#  Before you invest, consider whether your or the 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 that state’s qualified tuition program. For more information about the GIFT College Investing Plan (the "GIFT Plan"), call 1.800.587.7301 or visit www.thegiftplan.com to obtain a Program Description and Participation Agreement, which includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information; read and consider it carefully before making an investment or sending money. Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, Inc. ("ABD") is the Distributor of the GIFT Plan. The GIFT Plan is a college tuition savings program sponsored by the State of Arkansas and administered by the Arkansas Section 529 Plan Review Committee ("Committee"). ABD, the Program Manager, and its affiliates have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, including investment advisory services, recordkeeping, administrative services and marketing of the GIFT Plan. The GIFT Plan's Portfolios invest in: (i) mutual funds; or (ii) an FDIC-insured omnibus savings account held in trust by the Committee at Sallie Mae Bank. Except for the GIFT Plan Savings Portfolio, investments in the GIFT Plan are not insured by the FDIC. Units of the Portfolios are municipal securities and the value of units will vary with market conditions. Not FDIC-Insured (except for the Savings Portfolio). No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee. May Lose Value.

 

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For more information about the GIFT College Investing Plan (the "GIFT Plan"), call 1.800.587.7301 or click here to obtain a Program Description and Participation Agreement, which includes investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information; read and consider it carefully before making an investment or sending money. Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC (“ABD”), the Program Manager, and its affiliates have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, including investment advisory services, recordkeeping, administrative services and marketing of the GIFT Plan. 

Please Note: Before you invest, consider whether your or the 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 that state’s qualified tuition program. You should also consult your financial, tax, or other advisor to learn more about how state-based benefits (or any limitations) would apply to your specific circumstances. You also may wish to contact directly your home state’s 529 college savings plan(s), or any other 529 plan, to learn more about those plans’ features, benefits, and limitations. Keep in mind that state-based benefits should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be considered when making an investment decision.

The GIFT Plan is a college tuition savings program sponsored by the State of Arkansas and administered by the Arkansas Section 529 Plan Review Committee ("Committee"). ABD, the Program Manager, and its affiliates have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, including investment advisory services, recordkeeping, administrative services and marketing of the GIFT Plan. The GIFT Plan's Portfolios invest in: (i) mutual funds; or (ii) an FDIC-insured omnibus savings account held in trust by the Committee at Sallie Mae Bank. Except for the GIFT Plan Savings Portfolio, investments in the GIFT Plan are not insured by the FDIC. Units of the Portfolios are municipal securities and the value of units will vary with market conditions.

Investment returns will vary depending upon the performance of the GIFT Plan Portfolios you choose. Except to the extent of FDIC insurance available for the GIFT Plan Savings Portfolio, you could lose all or a portion of your money by investing in the GIFT Plan, depending on market conditions. Account Owners assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences.

Not FDIC-Insured (except for the GIFT Plan Savings Portfolio). No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee. May Lose Value.