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College Illinois!®

College Illinois!®, a 529 Prepaid Tuition Program, was launched by the State of Illinois in October 1998 to enable families to lock in the cost of tomorrow’s tuition and mandatory fees. Designed to make higher education accessible and more affordable, College Illinois! is an effective college funding tool that offers families peace of mind as they prepare for a child’s college education without the worry of rising costs.

Illinois law provides for a state income tax deduction for moneys paid into College Illinois! 529 prepaid tuition plans during the taxable year, except for the earnings potion of rollovers. This deduction combined with the deduction for Bright Start Savings contributions is capped at $10,000 year for individuals and $20,000 each year for married couples. Additionally, proceeds from parent-owned College Illinois! contracts, Bright Start Savings Accounts and college saving bonds are not considered when determining financial need for college.

For additional information on this program, these materials are available:

  • College Illinois! flyers containing basic program information are available for order.
  • College Illinois! program booklets providing in-depth information on the program, an application, and pricing information are also available.
  • The College Illinois! website provides all 529 plan program information, frequently asked questions, current payment plans, and offers an online application.

To order materials or for more information, contact College Illinois! at 877.877.3724 or by e-mail at