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January 17, 2010

Two Weeks Left To Lock In January Prepaid Tuition Prices
Now is the Time to Enroll in the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program for Best Prices

DEERFIELD, Ill.— There are only two weeks left to take advantage of January prices for future college tuition and fees through the College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

"Parents with the New Year’s resolution to provide for their children’s future education should strongly consider purchasing a College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program contract now," said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis. "That’s because new prices take effect February 1 and parents can save as much as $500 on a four-year education by purchasing now versus next month.”

New, monthly-discounted pricing allows purchasers who buy earlier to lock in the lowest prices on future college tuition and apply benefits almost anywhere in the United States and abroad. Now is the best time to purchase a contract because pricing discounts make buying early more affordable. Prices adjust on the first day of each new month, every month, so it pays to purchase sooner rather than later. 

“Part of the reason the program is so popular is that the benefits are not tied to the performance of the stock market,” Davis continued.  “The College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program lets you lock in tomorrow’s tuition costs at prices set today. That means you limit the cost of your child’s tuition and fees to a single, reliable number and avoid the twin horrors of market volatility and tuition inflation.”

Unlike a college savings plan, a College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program contract between the purchaser and the state of Illinois ensures tuition and fee benefits for college, regardless of fluctuations in the market. When a beneficiary is ready to go to college, he or she can choose to attend almost anywhere because benefits can be used at Illinois public universities and community colleges or applied at public and private institutions nationwide.

A child born today is projected to incur college costs of more than $180,000 at a four-year, public university, but parents and grandparents can sign a prepaid tuition contract today for much less, negating the effect of tuition inflation on their pocketbooks.  Prepaid tuition benefits keep pace with the increases in tuition and fees equal to those found at in-state, public institutions.

Now is the time to purchase this secure option for a child’s educational future at the lowest prices.  Parents and grandparents can purchase as little as one semester at a community college to nine semesters at a public university. Various payment options are available, including monthly and annual installments.

Representatives will be on hand to answer questions from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, at the College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program Open House, 1755 Lake Cook Road, in Deerfield.  Visit www.529prepaidtuition.org, call toll-free at (877) 877-3724 or e-mail 529info@isac.org for program information, including pricing and enrollment guidelines.

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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