ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan

Get up to $225 when you open a ScholarShare 529 account

Alumni Benefit

Whether your child or loved one is a newborn or entering high school, ScholarShare 529, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, can help you achieve your college savings goals. Here’s how ScholarShare 529 can make a child’s future brighter:

  • When you open a new ScholarShare 529 account between January 1 and December 31, 2018, you will receive a dollar-for-dollar match contribution of up to $200 and a $25 bonus for establishing a monthly automatic contribution plan of $25 or more*
  • California state and federal income tax deferral on any earnings
  • Withdrawals for qualified higher education expenses are state and federal income tax free
  • For use at eligible education institutions including many schools nationwide and abroad—undergraduate and graduate programs, community colleges and trade schools
  • A low, annual asset-based fee and no annual account maintenance fees
  • Family and friends may contribute


About ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan

Anyone with a social security number or federal taxpayer identification number who is a US citizen or resident alien can open a ScholarShare 529  Account for an eligible beneficiary, and more than one person can contribute to a single Account. ScholarShare funds may be used at eligible educational institutions for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for enrollment or attendance, as well as certain room and board expenses. Account owners have control of the account including making the selection of the investment portfolio(s), making withdrawals, and changing the beneficiary. Note: Transfers and rollovers may be subject to differences in features, costs and surrender charges. Indirect transfers may be subject to taxation and penalties. Consult your tax advisor about your own situation.

To learn more about the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan, visit or call 800.544.5248. Learn more »

*Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan. Visit, or call the Plan, for a Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information. Read it carefully.
Before investing in a 529 plan, consider whether the state where you or your Beneficiary resides has a 529 plan that offers favorable state tax benefits that are available if you invest in that state’s 529 plan.
The tax information contained herein is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties. Taxpayers should seek advice, based on their own particular circumstances, from an independent tax advisor.
Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed except for TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company’s guarantee to the ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan under the Funding Agreement for the Principal Plus Interest Portfolio, and there is a risk of investment loss. Account values will fluctuate based on a number of factors, including general market conditions.
TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Program Manager.
ScholarShare’s Program Manager: TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI), part of the TIAA-CREF group of companies, is a leader in 529 college savings plan management. TFI provides program management services for ScholarShare. TIAA-CREF is a national financial services group of companies and a leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.