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Alaska’s education savings program, a benefit to UA and its employees

January 19, 2023 -- The Education Trust of Alaska and Alaska 529 offer unique benefits to the UA System and its employees.

Alaska 529 launches two of the most generous education savings incentive programs in the country

April 4, 2022 -- The state’s education savings plan, Alaska 529, has launched the new Dash
to Save™ and Dash to Save More™ incentive programs aimed at reducing the burden of
paying for higher education for Alaska students.

Alaska 529 Supports Alaska Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon as Premier Sponsor

February 18, 2022 -- The Alaska Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon recently welcomed Alaska 529 as their premier partner. Starting this spring, Alaska 529 will provide $24,000 in scholarships to high school students (Academic Decathletes) and an additional $12,000 to middle school competitors (Academic Pentathletes).

Education Trust of Alaska Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary, Offers $60,000 in Scholarships

December 13, 2021 -- For twenty years, the Education Trust of Alaska (Trust) has been making college more affordable by offering high-quality 529 plan options that enable families across the country to achieve their education savings goals.

Alaska 529 announces its 12th $25,000 scholarship account winner

December 8, 2021 -- Alaska 529 announced today that Kiana Norton, of Kotzebue, has won its annual $25,000 scholarship account giveaway.

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Education Trust of Alaska promotes the University of Alaska nationally

For twenty years, the Education Trust of Alaska has been making college more affordable by offering high quality education savings options to its 529 plan participants. Now it is dreaming big once again by extending an invitation to beneficiaries in the Lower 48 to enroll at any campus within the University of Alaska (UA) system. 

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Alaska SeaLife Center Launching New Small Fry School on YouTube
This ocean-centered program for young children is made possible by Alaska 529

Seward, Alaska (March 15, 2021) – The Alaska SeaLife Center is launching their Small FrySchool, an ocean-centered program for young children, on YouTube. Small Fry School, beginning March 18, 2021, is made possible by the generous support of Alaska 529.

T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan and Alaska 529 to enhance investment options and reduce fees

BALTIMORE, October 7, 2020 – T. Rowe Price and the Education Trust of Alaska announced today the rollout of investment enhancements and reduced fees on the T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan and Alaska 529, which will be available to college savers nationwide this November and will be fully phased in through 2021.

The investment enhancements include increasing equity diversification in the enrollment-based portfolios and converting underlying funds in all portfolios to a lower-cost share class where possible. Once fully phased in, the changes will result in an expected 8.2% reduction in expenses and save account holders the equivalent of $1.7 million annually.

Alaska 529 announces its 11th $25,000 scholarship account winner

Alaska 529 announced that one-year-old, Boon Branson, of Fairbanks, Alaska, is the 2020 winner of its annual $25,000 scholarship account giveaway. He may use his account at any college, university, vocational or technical school that accepts federal financial aid. To date, Boon is the youngest recipient to have received the scholarship. 

Branson, who celebrated his first birthday on September 28, was awarded the scholarship account during a small gathering on September 29. Alaska 529 representatives and their mascot, Dash, joined the family and a few friends at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum on Tuesday evening to officiate a check presentation. The reason for their presence was a surprise to the guests.

After 18 years, the UA College Savings Plan Launches New Brand

The UA College Savings Plan announced that it is changing its name to Alaska 529 as of October 15, 2019. The Alaska-based education savings plan is offered by the Education Trust of Alaska.

After 2017 tax reform expanded the use of 529 plans, the Education Trust of Alaska determined the need for a name and a brand that better represents the products and services it provides.

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