Once you’re ready to start saving, gather the following key items you will need to open your account. With these things in hand, the sign-up process will be quick and easy.
Tax advantages, account flexibility, low costs, and quality investment options are some of the benefits offered by a Bright Start 529 Account.
Open an Account Online
You can also
Download enrollment form | Request enrollment kit by mail
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The Bright Start Direct-Sold College Savings Program is sponsored by the State of Illinois and administered
by the Illinois State Treasurer, as Trustee. Union Bank & Trust Company serves as Program Manager. Balances
in your Bright Start account are not guaranteed or insured by Bright Start, the State of Illinois, the
Illinois State Treasurer, any other state or federal agency, Union Bank & Trust Company or any of its
affiliates, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (except as provided in the Program Disclosure
Statement solely with respect to the FDIC-insured bank deposit Underlying Investment), or any other entity.
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before
investing. This and other important information is contained in the Bright Start Direct-Sold College
Program Disclosure Statement which can be obtained at
BrightStart.com and should be read carefully before investing. You can lose money by investing in a
portfolio. Each of the portfolios involves investment risks, which are described in the Program Disclosure Statement.
Before you invest, consider whether your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or
other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only
available for investments in that state’s 529 plan.
NOT FDIC INSURED* | NO BANK GUARANTEE | MAY LOSE VALUE
*Except the Bank Savings Underlying Investment