Enhancements coming in September!

Bright Start 529 continually works to implement program enhancements to make it easier for families to save for college. Learn more about the updates and check back often for additional information.

Explore how the Bright Start 529 plan can help you save for college.

With college costs on the rise, it’s essential to start saving early for your child’s education.

Learn how much to save for college, what a 529 college savings plan is, and how Bright Start can help you prepare to give your child a brighter future.

$50 To Help You Start Saving

Illinois resident parents with a baby born or adopted on or after January 1, 2023 are eligible to claim a free $50 seed deposit when they open a Bright Start account.

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Meet a few of the hundreds of thousands of families saving with Bright Start.

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Think about saving for college while you have that time before your child is born. If it’s a month before, a week before — do it. No matter what.
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One of the most meaningful gifts you can give a loved one is helping to put them on the path to a bright future with a college savings account. It’s easy for friends and family to make a contribution toward future education costs with Bright Start’s GiftED.

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How much will you save if you start now?

With our college savings calculator, use the amount you can afford to contribute each month and the child’s current age to estimate how much you’ll save by the time they’re ready for college.
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How much can you afford to save? Slide the bar to the amount you can afford to save each month .
You could save: $19,474.75

* Amount assumes an actual investment return of 6% with monthly contribution on the first day of each month. This hypothetical is for illustrative purposes only. It does not reflect an actual investment in any particular college savings plan or in a Bright Start account or any taxes payable upon withdrawal.