About the college savings programs

The Illinois State Treasurer’s Office administers two Illinois 529 college savings plans: Bright Start and Bright Directions.  Both plans are designed as “qualified tuition programs” under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.  Under the Illinois 529 college savings plans, your investments grow tax-free as long as your withdrawals are used to pay for higher education expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, books, room and board).  As an Illinois resident, you also enjoy additional tax benefits. To learn more about the plans, please visit our program websites.


Read the College Savings Program Financial Audit here.

Read our Investment Policy Statements here.

I-Cash allows you to search the state's unclaimed property database for money or property that belongs to you.
College Savings offers ways to save and earn tax-free money with Illinois' 529 College Savings Program.
Ag Invest helps farmers offset the rising cost of farming and encourages green business development.
Money Market Fund allows local government entities to pool their investments to gain a higher rate of return for their residents.
Online bill paying gives people with busy schedules a quick and convenient way to pay government bills and fees.