« With Enough Support, Graduation Rates at CUNY Double | Main | ACT Inc. Names New CEO from Europe »

House Votes to Expand Use of 529 College-Savings Plans

Under a measure passed by the U.S. House on Wednesday, students would be able to use money from 529 college savings plans to buy computers, software and other technology. The proposal was largely non-controversial, passing 401-20. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate.

The legislation would also make some technical changes to accounts, such as allowing students to put money back into their plans from a college refund without paying a penalty. The cost of the bill: $51 million over the next decade, according to the Associated Press.

Expanding the popular college-savings accounts, in which about 7 million families participate, is in contrast to efforts last month by the Obama administration to modify the tax-advantaged plans.

Prior to this year's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed taxing withdrawals from 529 plans. But criticism of the idea was swift among members of both political parties, and the White House backed off of the proposed changeA recent poll found that just 19 percent of Americans supported the president's proposal to scale back the benefits of the college accounts.

AP reports the White House favors the measure now being considered on Capitol Hill.

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login | Register
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments