Illinois First Steps
Illinois First Steps helps families jump start their college savings with a $50 seed deposit. Children born or adopted on or after January 1, 2023 to parents or legal guardians who are residents of Illinois at the time of birth or adoption can claim a $50 seed deposit through Bright Start or Bright Directions. Funds can be used for their future college, technical, or apprenticeship education. Visit Illinois First Steps to learn more and about the program and the steps to claim the $50 seed deposit for your eligible child.
Bright Start 529 College Savings
Bright Start is a direct plan that individuals can sign up for and manage on their own. Families can open a Bright Start account by visiting BrightStart.com
. The Bright Start website will help you learn the basics of a 529 college savings account and provide additional resources and tools so you can start saving for your child’s future today.
Bright Directions Advisor-Guided 529 College Savings
Bright Directions is a plan that can be accessed through a financial advisor. To open a Bright Directions account you must work directly with your preferred investment advisor. Visit BrightDirections.com to learn more about the investment options and to explore Bright Directions’ extensive college planning tools.