Security policy

Security and privacy are critically important issues for the GIFT College Investing Plan. We are proud of the innovations we have made to protect your data and personal identity. We protect your data by:

Using SSL, data, and password encryption technology.

Maintaining firewalls and monitoring systems.

Conducting security audits and inspections by leading security firms.

How does the GIFT College Investing Plan protect my security?

The security of your personal information, transactions, and savings is a priority at the GIFT College Investing Plan.

Using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, we automatically encrypt your sensitive information in transit from your computer to ours. Once your information reaches us, it resides on servers that are configured for maximum security and are continuously monitored for unauthorized changes. Our security architecture and security procedures are audited and inspected by industry leaders specializing in security processes and technologies.

How can I help protect my security?

Use caution when choosing your user name and password
Choose a password that will be difficult for others to guess. Do not use obvious or easily accessed data such as your name, initials, Social Security number, mother's maiden name, phone number, address, family birthdays, family names, pet names, or any combination of these. Be sure to choose a unique and secure password to help ensure your protection.

The GIFT College Investing Plan will never contact you to solicit your user name or password. Never provide them to anyone.

Close your browser when finished
After you have finished your session with the GIFT College Investing Plan, log out and close your browser to erase information that may have been temporarily stored on your computer during your session. Logging off and closing your browser will clear this temporary storage area from your computer.

Ascensus Broker Dealer Services is the distributor of The Arkansas 529 GIFT Plan, Learn more about Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, Inc. on FINRA's BrokerCheck FINRA's BrokerCheck.

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.

Please Note: Before investing in any 529 plan, you should consider whether your or the beneficiary's home state offers a 529 plan that provides its taxpayers with state tax or other benefits that are only available through investment in the home state's 529 plan. You should 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.