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January 12, 2010

College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program To Host Deerfield Open House
Parents can ask questions, get literature, and enroll

DEERFIELD, Ill.— The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the state agency whose mission is to make college accessible and affordable for all Illinois students, will host a College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program Open House from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, at 1755 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, Illinois.

During the open house, parents can get general information about the program or meet one-on-one with a representative to learn how the College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program can help them avoid tuition inflation and achieve their financial goals related to ensuring their children’s college education. Representatives will review the available plans, go over the pricing schedule and explain the flexible payment options.  Parents will have the chance to ask specific questions and get the information they need to purchase a College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program plan that fits their family’s financial and educational needs. 

“There is so much to know and so many questions to ask. The open houses are popular because they offer parents and grandparents the opportunity to have their questions answered in one-on-one settings,” said Tonya Polk, sales and marketing manager of the College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program.

Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.  However, space is limited for the one-on-one sessions.  To schedule a one-on-one appointment, email 529info@isac.org.

The College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is the state’s only program that lets families avoid tuition inflation.  Unlike a college savings plan, the College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is a tax-advantaged way to protect families from tuition inflation by allowing purchasers to lock-in a price now to cover future tuition and fees and apply benefits at colleges nationwide.  

For more information about the College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program or to download guidelines and enrollment materials, visit www.529prepaidtuition.org or call 877-877-9724.

Administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program is a secure college funding option because benefits do not fluctuate with the stock market.  Since the program’s inception in 1998, more than 66,000 prepaid tuition contracts with a value of more than $1.6 billion have been purchased. ISAC’s commissioners are responsible for the overall management of the program and its investments, including hiring a qualified slate of investment managers and other professionals.


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