• Tomorrow's Tuition at Today's Prices. Guaranteed.

    Give your children the education they deserve at a price you can afford. With Private College 529 Plan, you can potentially save thousands of dollars - putting the ideal education within reach.

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  • Private College 529 President Nancy Farmer Explains How College Savings Plans Work.

    Learn how prepaid tuition can save you money and provide your child a world of options.

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  • One Day, "Back to School" Will Mean Your Child's First Day of College.

    Learn more about how prepaying tuition can give your child more options. With nearly 300 participating schools, there's a private college that's right for your budding scholar.

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  • The Private College Difference.

    Private college can be surprisingly affordable and give your children the personal attention they need to thrive - and graduate on time.

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  • Calculating the Cost of College.

    Once you have the facts, you're better able to plan. Use our 529 calculator to find out how much you can save by prepaying.

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Participating Schools

Nearly 300 private colleges and universities across the U.S.

Click on either button to the right to search for schools, by location or by name.

The Right Plan

Private College 529 Takes the Worry Out of College Saving

Paying for college is the third largest investment most families make. Like buying a home or saving for retirement, most families pay for college over time. They can pay for higher education by planning and saving in advance, or borrowing later. Planning for college gives families more control and students more choices. Click the boxes to the right to learn how Private College 529 may help you relieve anxiety over rising college costs and reduce or avoid debt!

Funding The Future

Scroll down the page to reveal how Private College 529 can help you fund your child's future. (Note: This a hypothetical example of ways to contribute to the plan, NOT actual examples of an account owner.)

My husband and I were lucky enough to go to great private colleges at a time when the cost of college was less expensive than it is now.

As young parents, we were nervous about funding our son's college education, so we opened a Private College 529 Plan account. It only took a few minutes and we started with just a few hundred dollars.

When we started his account, we were able to lock in current tuition rates. All contributions between July 1 and June 30 lock in that year's rates. So while the cost of college increased for others, it didn't for us.

When our son was out of diapers, we put half of what we spent on diapers into the account. When he was out of daycare, we added that money.

Over the years, tax refunds, work bonuses and gifts went into his account. We also asked family and friends to contribute as holiday and birthday gifts. We were determined that our child would attend college and have less debt when he was done.

Because of Private College 529, we put aside half the cost of four years' education.

When he left for college, it broke our hearts but not the bank.

Prepaid tuition through Private College 529, combined with grants and scholarships he earned, helped us realize our dream: our son graduated from college debtfree.

Take 15 or 20 minutes and a few dollars to start your Private College 529 account today. It can really help in the years ahead, like it did for us.

Use our calculator to figure out what you need to start your own plan. Go To Calculator

In The News

September 09,2016

Norwich University Joins Private College 529

Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military college and birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), becomes the 284th member of the Plan.

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Plan Insights

Key Facts

Handy Insights on the Cost of College

Did you know that very few families pay the posted "sticker" price of college? In fact, 90% of private college students receive financial aid.* Click below to estimate and compare the tuition costs you might pay at over 280 Private College 529 participating schools.

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

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