College Savings Plans Network
||This article needs more links to other articles to help integrate it into the encyclopedia. (May 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
The College Savings Plans Network (CSPN) is a national non-profit association and source of information about Section 529 College Savings Plans and Prepaid Tuition Plans—popular, convenient and tax-advantaged ways to save for college.
Founded in 1991, CSPN is an affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) and brings together administrators of 529 savings and prepaid plans from across the country, as well as their private sector partners, to offer convenient tools and information to help families make informed decisions about saving for college. CSPN collects data quarterly on assets in state-administered college savings programs, monitors federal activities and promotes legislation that will positively affect Section 529 plans, and identifies financial opportunities to help families save for higher education.
CSPN provides a valuable networking opportunity for state officials responsible for administering 529 plans to gather and share their unique innovations and experiences in an effort to significantly increase participation in Section 529 plans and in turn, help the youth of this nation attain education goals.
The Network hosts a website that provides comprehensive information about each 529 plan. It includes a college cost calculator and a 529 plan comparison tool that helps families evaluate 529 plans based on criteria such as state tax benefits, fees, investment options and investment manager.
The College Savings Plans Network Executive Board is composed of state officials who have been elected by their peers to serve as the leadership team for the organization. Board members serve for one or two year terms and are elected by the membership. The members are as follows.
Hon. Young Boozer, Chair, Alabama State Treasurer
James DiUlio, Vice-Chair, Director, Wisconsin 529 College Savings Program
Kathleen McGrath, Treasurer, Director, PA 529 College Savings Program
Betty Lochner, Past Chair, Director, Washington Guaranteed Education Tuition
Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer, Nebraska
Linda English, Deputy Treasurer - College Savings, Nevada
Hon. Ron Estes, Kansas State Treasurer
Hon. Lynn Fitch, Mississippi State Treasurer
Hon. Kelly Mitchell, Indiana State Treasurer
Hon. John Perdue, West Virginia State Treasurer
Patricia Roberts, Corporate Affiliate Committee Chair & Managing Director, AllianceBernstein
Kevin Thompson, Executive Director, Florida Prepaid College Board
Lynne Ward, Executive Director, Utah Educational Savings Plan
529 plan data is collected by CSPN on a biannual basis and made available to states, policy makers, the media and the general public.
In September 2015, CSPN released its  which found record-level growth for college savings plans. The review analyzed activity from all 529 plans in the country, including 103 savings and prepaid tuition plans.
The report found that total investment by American families in 529 plans has reached a record level of $258.2 billion. In twelve months, total assets in 529 plans grew by $13.7 billion. The total number of 529 accounts increased 4.2% over the past 12 months, going from 11.83 million in June 2014 to 12.33 million as of June 2015. The report also noted that the average 529 account size continues to grow, reaching an all-time high of $20,934 as of June 30, 2015, a 1.3% increase over the past twelve months. This indicates a continued commitment by American families to save for the cost of a college education. Including growth from contributions and investment returns, total assets in 529 plans grew by 5.6% since June 30, 2014.
CSPN monitors federal legislative and regulatory activities and promotes legislation that will positively affect Section 529 college savings plans.
- Clark, Kim (January 16, 2014) “Grow a bigger college fund” Money Magazine
- Kadlec, Dan (December 9, 2013) 4 Smartest Money-Making Stocking Stuffers TIME
- Carrns, Ann (May 28, 2013) Incentives to Start a 529 College Savings Plan New York Times
- Woodruff, Mandi (September 12, 2012) “People Are Finally Figuring Out The Simplest Way To Save For College” Business Insider
- Gobel, Reyna (September 5, 2012) “Get a 529 Plan Boost From Your State” U.S. News & World Report
- Block, Sandra (July 16, 2007) “Your Money: Know state taxes before joining a 529 plan” USA Today
- Gobel, Reyna (September 6, 2012) “3 Myths About Prepaid College Tuition Plans Debunked” U.S. News & World Report
1. ^ "CSPN - About CSPN". Retrieved 2008-12-14.