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On this page, you will find other online sources of information about college costs, savings plans, and other related topics.

How to Save for College
This comprehensive site provides tips and insights for families looking to save for their children’s educational goals.

College Access
A smart planning source for life after high school. The comprehensive site includes information about finding a college, college and career planning, and paying for college.

College Board
A not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.

The College Savings Foundation (CSF)
A not-for-profit organization that works with public policy makers and the financial services industry in support of education savings programs. Site contains research papers and industry data dealing with 529 plans.

College Savings Plans Network
A clearinghouse for information about college savings programs.

Federal Student Aid
The official site of the U.S. Federal Student Aid website; also provides access to the database of federal school and campus codes and lists Title IV eligibility status for eligible institutions. (Only Title IV-eligible schools can be used for qualified distributions.)

A comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice, and tools.

At the national level, Jump$tart is a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of students in kindergarten through college. This site offers partnership information as well as financial literacy tools and materials.
A good source of information on a range of college savings-related topics, including 529 plan basics, comparisons of types of plans, and how to save for college.

U.S. Department of Education
The official website for the US Department of Education; covers entire range of education, from pre-k on, but includes information on planning, preparing, and paying for college.

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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.