Save for college while protecting yourself from rising tuition.

U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program

The U.Plan allows you to get a head start on paying for your child’s college costs by locking in current rates for tuition and mandatory fees. It’s a safe alternative to traditional college savings plans, and has the potential to save you thousands on college tuition.

What is the U.Plan?

  • The U.Plan allows you to save for your child’s future college tuition at today’s rates, protecting you from rising tuition costs.
  • To get started, you can enroll and begin contributing money right away. On July 15th each year, your contributions from the last 12 months will be used to purchase Tuition Certificates that cover a percentage of tuition and mandatory fees at participating colleges and universities in Massachusetts. You’ll lock in that percentage, which means even if the cost of tuition increases, your Tuition Certificates will still cover the same percentage. Beginning August 1st of each year, you can begin contributing again to your U.Plan account for your Tuition Certificates to be purchased the following July 15th.
    Cost of tuition

    • Example: Let’s say you contribute $1,500 to your U.Plan to cover 10% of a year of tuition and mandatory fees now at a given school ($15,000). If the tuition and mandatory fees increase to $25,000 over the life of your U.Plan, that Tuition Certificate will still cover 10%, or $2,500, of tuition and mandatory fees at that school, meaning you saved $1,000. That’s a 67% return on your investment!
  • With the U.Plan, you don’t have to choose a college ahead of time! Over 70 colleges and universities in Massachusetts participate in the U.Plan, meaning you have plenty of options for your child’s future education.
    Want a more in-depth look at the U.Plan? Check out our webinar HERE.
  • The U.Plan is one of the safest options to save for college. If your child doesn’t attend a participating school, you get your money back with interest!*
  • With the U.Plan, you don’t have to choose a school until it’s time for your child to go to college.
  • U.Plan contributions can qualify you for a state income tax deduction of up to $1,000 for single filers, and up to $2,000 for married persons filing jointly.
  • The U.Plan is flexible to meet your goals and budget. You can start out with a contribution of just $300 per year.
  • Your savings with the U.Plan count as a parent asset in the financial aid formula, which assumes no more than 5.6% of parent assets can be used for college costs.
    *Interest annually compounded according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

You can save in the U.Plan for a child from newborn up through 10th grade, and you don’t have to be a Massachusetts resident to participate.

All savers must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

There are multiple ways to get started with the U.Plan.

Online

  • Within your online U.Plan account, you can set up automatic deposits, request a disbursement, and review your U.Plan Statement.
  • For existing U.Plan savers, click the “Sign Up” button below and select “Existing Saver? Create online account.
  • If you are new to U.Plan, click the “Sign Up” button below and select “First time saver? Enroll now.Sign Up
  • Please note that you must use one of the following supported desktop browsers to create an online U.Plan account: Google Chrome – two latest versions; IE 11; Microsoft Edge; Safari for Mac – two latest versions (Safari for Windows is not supported).

Offline

After you start saving in the U.Plan, you will receive quarterly statements that will detail your contributions.

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