Saving for College With VHEIP

Vermont's 529 College Savings Plan


Now is the perfect time to open a Vermont 529 college savings account or invite friends and family to contribute to college savings. You can add to an account you own or give a gift to another person's account. Plus, Vermont taxpayers can get a Vermont income tax credit as they save for a child or loved one's education.


2018 tax reform info: Vermont’s 529 Plan statute was enacted in 1997, based upon the federal 529 plan law as it was then. VSAC, administrator of VHEIP for the state of Vermont, is currently working with the Vermont Department of Taxes to determine whether the Vermont statute needs to be amended to address the recent change to the federal 529 plan law per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. VSAC will post information on how this may affect VHEIP savings accounts for 2018 as soon as it is available.


VHEIP offers tax advantages.

The Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan is the only college savings program that qualifies for a 10% Vermont state income tax credit on annual contributions (up to $250 per child per account, or $500 per child for joint tax filers). Contributions made by a Vermont taxpayer to any VHEIP account are eligible.



Start saving with just $25.

For most families, saving enough to pay for the costs of higher education can seem overwhelming. But with a little planning, funding a college education can be easier to achieve than you might think. With Vermont's state-sponsored 529 college savings plan you can open an account with just $25 to start or give any amount as a gift.





… is administered by VSAC for the state of Vermont

... has a low minimum contribution; open an account with just $25! Research shows that students from families who save even small amounts for education are three times more likely to go on to and complete college or other training.

... savings can be used at eligible higher education institutions throughout the U.S.—as well as many schools in Canada and around the world

... savings can be used for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and education expenses for students with special needs

… is the only 529 college savings plan that offers a Vermont state income tax credit on annual contributions

… gifts can be made to another person's VHEIP account. You do not have to own a VHEIP account to give a gift for a child or loved one. Learn more. Plus, gifts made by a Vermont taxpayer into any VHEIP account are eligible for the Vermont state income tax credit.