Treasurer Curtis Loftis Talks Tax Time when Saving for College

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Treasurer Curtis Loftis spoke with Chuck Ringwalk of WLTX about the benefits of using the Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan to save for college.

This year marks the 15-year anniversary of the Future Scholar program. Launched in 2002, Future Scholar has achieved tremendous growth in fifteen years, including:

  • total number of accounts has increased from 9,800 in 2002 to over 134,000 in 2017
  • total assets have grown from $81 million in 2002 to $2.7 billion in 2017
  • average account size has risen from $8,233 in 2002 to $20,222 in 2017
  • Future Scholar’s Financial Literacy Program has brought critical financial education to students across the state, resulting in an average 36% increase in financial knowledge for students who complete the course
  • more than $50,000 has been awarded in privately funded PalmettoBaby grants

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Future Scholar has one of the best state tax deductions of any 529 plan. Currently, only 34 states and the District of Columbia offer a state income tax deduction or state tax credit for contributions to 529 plans. Treasurer Loftis wants all South Carolinians to know it's the smart, easy way to save for college.