MI 529 Advisor Plan

10 Reasons to Save with the MI 529 Advisor Plan

Want to know all the great reasons why you should choose the MI 529 Advisor Plan? This quick list will give you the key benefits at a glance.

The cost of higher education is only going up, but that shouldn’t get you down. Saving for college doesn’t need to be a burden. With the MI 529 Advisor Plan, there’s no big upfront investment and getting started will be worth your time; it takes about as long as grabbing a cup of coffee. Still not sure? Here's a helpful side-by-side comparison of key features of the most popular college-saving options.

Easy & Convenient

With the help of your financial professional, the MI 529 Advisor Plan, can easily be opened and funded after completing a short application. Once established, you can easily manage it online or by phone. In addition, consider setting up a recurring contribution plan (ACP) from your bank account, making regular contributions is now easier than ever.

Savings Grow More Due to Tax Advantages

Your earnings, if any, are free from federal income tax when used for qualified expenses. In the meantime, your contributions are reinvested automatically so your account may grow more than a taxable account over the same period.

Use at Schools Anywhere

Funds can be used at any accredited university, college or vocational school nationwide — and many abroad. Basically any institution with a student aid program qualifies.

Use for More Than Just Tuition

The MI 529 Advisor Plan can be used to pay for tuition, certain room and board costs, computers and related technology expenses as well as fees, books, supplies, and other equipment. 

Lower Impact on Financial Aid than Other Savings Options

Many parents worry that a 529 Savings Account can adversely affect eligibility for financial aid. So long as the parent is the account owner, funds are typically treated as belonging to the parent, not the child, minimizing the impact on financial aid.*


Open an account with as little as $25 per investment portfolio. Since there are no application, sales, or maintenance fees, it’s affordable even for those on a modest budget.

Everyone Can Help

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.

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 designate a new beneficiary penalty-free so long as they’re an eligible member of your family.

Investment Flexibility

The MI 529 Advisor Plan provides a variety of professionally managed portfolios to choose from including enrollment year investments options that automatically change as the beneficiary grows up. Alternatively your advisor can tailor your portfolio investments with multi-fund, Individual Fund and target risk options to match your risk tolerance, timeline, and investment preferences.

Estate Tax Planning Benefits

When you or anyone else makes a contribution, it may qualify for an annual gift tax exclusion of $16,000 per year for single filers and $32,000 a year for couples. As a 529 Plan, the MI 529 Advisor Plan is the only investment that allows you to 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.

*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.


Call your financial professional today and tell them you want the MI 529 Advisor Plan.