Arkansas 529 GIFT Plan is sponsored by the Arkansas State Treasurer’s Office. Local outreach efforts are headed up by Emma Willis, based in Little Rock. Let us help you educate your community about saving for higher education. We're just a call, email, or letter away!

  1. Phone. (501) 682-3817
  2. Email.
  3. Mail. Arkansas 529 College Investing Plans
    Treasurer of State's Office
    1401 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 275
    Little Rock, AR 72201


Arkansas 529 Manager Assistant


Emma has been with the Arkansas State Treasurer since 2009 starting in IT and eventually moving on to work with the Arkansas 529 GIFT College Investing Plan. For over 5 years, she has dedicated her skills to the expansion of the state's 529 college savings plans. Her approach to this comes with an eye for marketing and knowledge as a Business Administration student.

Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Emma holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Philander Smith College and a Masters in Finance from Webster's University. Her mission is to help grow our state's economic infrastructure by empowering families with the financial tools and knowledge they need to empower their families and surrounding communities.

Ascensus Broker Dealer Services is the distributor of The Arkansas 529 GIFT Plan, Learn more about Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, LLC 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 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") is the Distributor 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.