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Education savings can grow tax free with Kentucky’s 529 Plan

Feb 12, 2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT) is encouraging families to review their education savings strategy this tax season and consider the tax-free growth opportunity offered by Kentucky’s 529 savings plan. Not only can earnings grow tax free in a KESPT account, but withdrawals are also tax-free when used to pay for qualified education expenses.

“Families have many financial responsibilities, so we encourage parents to start saving while their children are young,” said David Lawhorn, KESPT program manager. “Families who make saving a priority often feel more prepared for education expenses as their children get older, and they have more time to take advantage of tax-free growth opportunity.”

KESPT offers other advantages for Kentucky residents, too. An account can be started with as little as $25 and can be used at any qualified institution in the nation. Additionally, KESPT savings are not included in determining Kentucky need-based financial aid for beneficiaries of Kentucky residents who plan to attend college. (However, other federal and institutional aid programs may take the 529 plan account balance into consideration when determining eligibility, so account owners should check with their preferred institution and refer to the KESPT Plan Disclosure Booklet.)

Parents can open a Kentucky 529 account by visiting and clicking the “Open an Account” button. While on the website, they can also invite family and friends to make secure contributions with KESPT’s eGifting feature. Funds may be transferred to another eligible family member if the beneficiary receives a scholarship or doesn’t need to withdraw the full amount saved.

Kentucky families are also invited to participate in the annual Dream Out Loud Challenge for a chance to win a $1,000 savings plan account and $500 for their school. Students in grades Pre-K through 6 may enter Dream Out Loud by submitting an original drawing, poem, essay or video answering the question: “How will I change the world after I go to college?” Parents can learn more by visiting Dream Out Loud runs from January 15 through March 19, 2018. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

New parents also have an incentive to help them start saving. Parents of babies born in Kentucky within the prior 12 months may enter for a chance to win a KESPT 529 plan account in the amount of $529. The deadline to enter is Sept. 30, 2018, and a winner is randomly drawn every calendar quarter. For official rules, prize details and to enter, families can visit No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

For more information about KESPT and tax advantages, visit or call toll-free 1-877-598-7878. The plan is managed by TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., a leader in 529 program management.

No public funding is used for KESPT marketing, promotions or contest awards. Funding is provided by TIAA-CREF program manager for KESPT.

Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust. Please visit for a Plan Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information. Read it carefully. Investments in the plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss.

Non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal and state taxes and the additional 10% federal tax. Taxpayers should seek advice from an independent tax advisor based on their own particular circumstances.

TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Plan Manager. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member, FINRA and SIPC, distributor and underwriter for the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust.


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