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IDeal 529 Birthday Gifting

Give the gift of college savings with a contribution to an IDeal 529 account. This birthday gift will definitely be appreciated eventually!

529 Benefits for Employers

IDeal is a great no-cost benefit for your company. Check out what these HR professionals had to say about working with IDeal.

IDeal 529 Holiday Gifting

This holiday season, give the gift of college savings with Idaho's IDeal 529. They will thank you in the future!

15 Years of Opportunity

We asked thousands of Idaho families who have benefitted from an IDeal 529 to tell us about their experiences. Watch some of their stories.

Kim Salisbury's IDeal Story

Mike Adolf's IDeal Story

Katie Baker's IDeal Story

Craig Simanton's IDeal Story

Idahoans guess the cost of higher education in Idaho

We asked Idahoans to guess the cost of attending 4 years of higher education at an Idaho public school. Watch and find out what they said.

Graph Video

We asked Idaho 6th graders and their parents to guess what the cost of attending an Idaho higher education institution in 6 years; when they are ready to attend. See how their responses graph out!

What's IDeal?

Learn what an IDeal account is, some of the benefits of investing in the Idaho College Savings Program, and how to get started. IDeal Account Owners tell their stories.

The Latest Toy?

Is your child sinking all her hard-earned allowance money into the latest fad collectible toy? Maybe it's time to start the discussion about college savings.

Hoping for an Athletic Scholarship?

Only 1% to 2% of all high school athletes get that coveted athletic scholarship.1 Investing in "Plan B" might be IDeal!
1 Mark Kantrowitz,, 2014

Happy Birthday! You're how old?

All of a sudden, it's time for college! Those years go by in a flash. What's your plan?

Important Legal Information

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Mr. Thiros is a registered representative of Ascensus Broker Dealer Services LLC, 877-529-2980, 95 Wells Ave, Newton MA (member FINRA/SIPC) and is not employed by the State of Idaho.

For more information about IDeal - Idaho College Savings Program ("IDeal"), call 866-433-2533  click here to obtain a Disclosure Statement. The Disclosure Statement discusses investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information. Because investing in IDeal is an important decision for you and your family, you should read and consider the Disclosure Statement carefully before investing.

Please Note: Before you invest, consider whether your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in that state’s qualified tuition program. You should also consult your financial, tax, or other advisor to learn more about how state-based benefits (or any limitations) would apply to your specific circumstances. You also may wish to contact directly your home state’s 529 college savings plan(s), or any other 529 plan, to learn more about those plans’ features, benefits, and limitations. Keep in mind that state-based benefits should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be considered when making an investment decision.

IDeal is administered by the State College Savings Program Board ("Board"). ABD, the program manager, and its affiliates, have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations, including investment advisory, recordkeeping and administrative services, and marketing. The Vanguard Group, Inc. ("Vanguard") serves as Investment Manager for IDeal. Sallie Mae Bank serves as the Savings Portfolio Manager for IDeal. IDeal's Portfolios invest in either: (i) mutual funds and a separate account offered or managed by Vanguard; or (ii) an FDIC-insured omnibus savings account held in trust by the Board at Sallie Mae Bank. Except for the Savings Portfolio, investments in IDeal are not insured by the FDIC. Units of the Portfolios are municipal securities and the value of units will vary with market conditions.

Investment returns will vary depending upon the performance of the Portfolios you choose. Except to the extent of FDIC insurance available for the Savings Portfolio, you could lose all or a portion of your money by investing in IDeal, depending on market conditions. Account Owners assume all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state tax consequences.

Not FDIC-Insured (except for the Savings Portfolio). No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee. May lose value.