FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 26, 2017
Media Contact: Shelli King
615-532-8025
Shelli.King@tn.gov

TNStars Celebrates 5 Years of College Savings!

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Treasury is excited to celebrate the fifth birthday of the TNStars College Savings 529 Program. Over the course of its five years, the program has helped families save over $100 million for college.

"It was important to me as state treasurer to make sure Tennessee had its own college savings program," said Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. "I am so proud of the growth TNStars has seen in five years and pleased to provide Tennesseans an easy way to save and invest for higher education."

Over the last month, TNStars has asked local Tennesseans to help make the celebration special by sharing on social media what makes higher education important to them. "TNStars is helping Tennesseans realize the American dream of a college education through financial planning," said Senator Jim Tracy. "This not only helps those students served by this program improve their opportunities, but our state as a whole."

"A bachelor's degree proves to employers that you are willing to challenge yourself, work hard and seek new perspectives. It has a long-term impact that carries value for the rest of your life." - Dr. Alisa White, President, Austin Peay State University.

"To meet the evolving demands for a qualified workforce, we are challenged with ensuring financial options are available to educate our young adults," said Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash. "The State of Tennessee has established such an avenue through the TNStars College Savings 529 Program, education being the key to our young people's future."

We encourage all Tennessean to get involved and do the same by visiting TNStars.com/birthday. Follow along as we feature these photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @TNStars529.

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Contributions and earnings in a TNStars account can grow tax-free to help cover costs associated with higher-education. TNStars accounts can be used to pay for tuition & fees, books, room & board, computers, office supplies, and more. Not limited only to schools in Tennessee, the investment can be applied to any qualified institution of higher education that accepts federal financial aid.
TNStars is offering an incentive of $100 for Tennesseans with 529 accounts in other states to rollover their entire account balances to a TNStars account. Residents can rollover to an existing TNStars account or start new accounts at TNStars.com.
Tennesseans can enroll in TNStars directly at TNStars.com.





“It was important to me as state treasurer to make sure Tennessee had its own college savings program. I am so proud of the growth TNStars has seen in five years and pleased to provide Tennesseans an easy way to save and invest for higher education.

-Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. 


“A bachelor’s degree proves to employers that you are willing to challenge yourself, work hard and seek new perspectives. It has a long-term impact that carries value for the rest of your life.” 

– Dr. Alisa White, Austin Peay State University President

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“TNStars is helping Tennesseans realize the American dream of a college education through financial planning. This not only helps those students served by this program improve their opportunities, but our state as a whole. Thank you for your work and congratulations!”

-Speaker Jim Tracy

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“To meet the evolving demands for a qualified workforce, we are challenged with ensuring financial options are available to educate our young adults. The State of Tennessee has established such an avenue through the TNStars College Savings 529 Program. Education being the key to our young people’s future.” 

- Mayor Bernie Ash, City of Lebanon