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Top 10 reasons to save with the MI 529 Advisor Plan
The MI 529 Advisor (MAP) offers unique state tax benefits, competitive fees and a wide range of investment options. This quick list will give you the key benefits at a glance.
1. Easy and convenient
With the help of your financial professional, a MAP account can be easily opened and funded after completing a short application. Once the account is established, you can easily manage it online or by phone and set up recurring contributions from your bank account.
2. Your account can grow faster due to tax advantages
All earnings are free from federal income tax when used for qualified expenses, so you can earn more and grow your account faster when you pay fewer taxes.
3. Use at schools anywhere
Funds can be used at any accredited university, college or vocational school nationwide – and many abroad. Conveniently, any institution with a student aid program run by the U.S. Department of Education qualifies. Bonus: funds can now be used on apprenticeships and towards tuition for K-12 public, private or religious schools. State tax treatment of withdrawals for K-12 tuition expense, apprenticeship program expenses, and the repayment of student loans is determined by the state where you file state income tax. The tax consequences of using 529 plans for elementary or secondary education tuition expenses may include recapture of tax deductions received from the original state as well as penalties.*
4. Use for more than just tuition
MI 529 Advisor Plan can be used to pay for tuition, certain room and board costs, as well as fees, books, supplies and other equipment. And now, you can use funds for apprenticeships expenses and towards tuition for K-12 public, private or religious schools. State tax treatment of withdrawals for K-12 tuition expense, apprenticeship program expenses, and the repayment of student loans is determined by the state where you file state income tax. Please see the Plan Description for additional qualified expenses and limitations.
5. Lower impact on financial aid than other savings options
Assets in accounts owned by a dependent student or one of their parents are considered parental assets on the FAFSA. When a school calculates the student's expected family contribution (EFC), a maximum of 5.64% of parental assets are counted. This is quite favorable compared to other student assets, which are counted at 20%. Higher EFC means less financial aid.
Being the account owner or beneficiary of an account may adversely affect the ability to receive financial aid or other benefits under government programs or from a school.
Open an account with as little as $25 per investment portfolio. If you contribute using payroll direct deposit, you may contribute any dollar amount.
7. Everyone can help with Ugift®
You don’t have to do it all on your own! Grandparents as well as other family and friends can make gifts to your account for maximum growth potential. Ugift allows others to contribute towards your child’s (or loved one's) education through electronic contributions directly into your MAP account.
8. Unused funds can be used for other eligible members of your family
If it turns out your child or grandchild doesn’t need all the money or their education goals change, you can change your designated beneficiary penalty-free as long as they’re an eligible member of the family of the former beneficiary.
9. Investment flexibility
Your investment strategy should match your education goals – which includes your time frame and risk tolerance. With that in mind, MAP offers four specialized investment approaches. They feature professionally managed investment portfolios that utilize a blend of top tier asset managers that are unique to MAP. Working with your financial professional, you have the flexibility to totally customize your plan. The investment portfolios you’ll learn about may be used separately or together in a complementary mix.
10. Estate tax planning benefits
For federal tax purposes, contributions to your account by you or anyone else are generally considered completed gifts, and may qualify for the annual gift tax exclusion of $16,000 per year for single filers and $32,000 a year for couples. With 529 plans, you can give up to 5 years' worth of gifts at one time — for a maximum of $80,000 for a single filer and $160,000 for couples. See the Plan Description for additional information.
* The treatment of investments in a 529 savings plan varies by school. Assets are typically treated as the account holder’s and not the student’s. (Student assets are generally assessed at 20% whereas parental assets are generally assessed at 5.6%.) Any investments, including those in 529 accounts, may affect the student's eligibility to get financial aid based on need. You should check with the schools you are considering regarding this issue.
The MI 529 Advisor Plan (MAP) is offered by the State of Michigan. TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI) is the Program Manager and Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC, is the Distributor.
Before investing, carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information. For this and other information that should be read carefully, please read the MAP Plan Description. Also, consider whether your or your beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other benefits, such as financial aid, scholarship funds and protection from creditors, that are only available for investments in that state’s qualified tuition program.
Participation in MAP does not guarantee that the account's assets will be adequate to cover future tuition or other higher education expenses, or that your beneficiary will be admitted to or permitted to continue to attend an institution of higher education. Investments in MAP are not guaranteed or insured and there is risk of investment loss.
This MAP website contains links to other websites. The MAP, TFI and Nuveen Securities, LLC are not responsible for the content of those other websites.