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December 31 is the Deadline for 2018 Tax Benefits

Yes, tax season is still a couple months away, but the end of the calendar year means it’s time to get your annual finances in order.

And that means getting your last 2018 contributions in for your CollegeCounts 529 accounts! Whether you’ve been waiting until the last minute or you’ve been steadily saving all year long, […]

2018-12-04T09:40:49+00:00December 4th, 2018|

How to Give the Gift of College Savings This Holiday Season

We call it “the most wonderful time of the year” for a reason, don’t we?

The beautiful fall and winter landscapes, the end-of-year holiday cheer, the visits from family and friends—maybe even a nice bonus or a raise at work, too.

And then there’s the gift giving. We all love surprising that special someone with whatever lights […]

2018-11-14T10:24:17+00:00November 8th, 2018|

Help Your Children Dream Big for Halloween with Career-Minded Costumes

We love to encourage our children to let their imagination run wild. From coloring outside the lines to playing dress up to wild times in the kitchen, it’s more fun when you get creative.

But nothing comes close to Halloween. Princess, ninja, vampire, witch, you name it—the more fantastical it is, the more likely your kids […]

2018-10-23T15:12:54+00:00October 23rd, 2018|

K-12 Tuition Expenses

The CollegeCounts 529 Fund Direct Plan Program Disclosure Statement has been updated to include the following:

  • Certain sections of the Alabama income tax statute refer to definitions in Code Section 529, as amended, including the definition of “Qualified Higher Education Expenses.”
  • For years after 2017, amendments to Code Section 529 treat withdrawals […]
2018-10-23T16:28:56+00:00October 23rd, 2018|

’Tis the Season for Saving: October is Financial Planning Month

Maybe it’s something about the seasons changing as the summer comes to an end. Maybe it’s something about the holiday season and year’s end fast approaching. Or maybe it’s just convenient scheduling for organizations like us.

If you look at your calendar, now is a great time to start saving for college with a CollegeCounts 529 […]

2018-10-02T11:35:00+00:00September 30th, 2018|

CollegeCounts Scholarships Provide a Financial Boost for High School Graduates

Saving for your children’s college education is a great way to help them reach their potential. But it certainly helps a lot more when they help themselves by studying hard and making good grades.

That’s why CollegeCounts is proud to offer the CollegeCounts Scholarship.

If your student will be a high school senior or […]

2018-08-28T17:27:05+00:00August 28th, 2018|

This Tax Holiday Weekend, Set Aside Some of Your Savings

Summer is a season of holidays, isn’t it?

We kick things off on Memorial Day Weekend, we wrap things up on Labor Day Weekend, and we take at least a day off in the middle for Independence Day. And of course, our children get a whole 2.5 months for summer adventures, whether they’re exploring the great […]

2018-07-18T15:21:15+00:00July 18th, 2018|

CollegeCounts Scholarship Recipient Recounts Rebuilding Process After 2011 Tornadoes

It’s rather fitting that Hunter Whitten ended up working in the construction industry—after all, he helped rebuild his hometown years ago.

Whitten grew up in the small town of Hackleburg, AL, which has a population of less than 1,500. Outside of a handful of small business owners, most of the townspeople either travel to another city […]

2018-06-08T13:11:26+00:00June 8th, 2018|

CollegeCounts 529 is Giving Away $529 for 5/29 Day

It’s never too early to start investing in your child’s future. Even if they haven’t celebrated their first birthday yet.

And when 5/29 Day rolls around May 29th—our favorite day of the year!—we’re celebrating by helping many of you start saving.

This month, register for our 5/29 Day Giveaway and your brand new bundle of joy could […]

2018-05-07T11:20:11+00:00May 7th, 2018|

CollegeCounts 529 Awarded Morningstar Silver Rating For 2018

In 2017, CollegeCounts 529 was already the recipient of a Bronze rating from Morningstar, one of the leading sources for independent investment research.

Now there’s even better news: As of October, CollegeCounts529’s Morningstar rating has been upgraded from Bronze to Silver.

Morningstar published their latest Analyst Ratings and Reports for 62 of the country’s […]

2018-04-06T17:00:31+00:00April 6th, 2018|