Give the Gift of Education
Contributions towards a child’s college savings make the perfect gift for holidays, special occasions, birthdays, baby showers and important milestones. Friends and family can make gift contributions to help a beneficiary’s account grow. Education is a gift that truly lasts a lifetime!
DreamAhead Account Owners
Create a Gifting Page
- Sign in: Click the gifting link on your account overview page.
- Customize your page: Choose if want to share progress you've made toward your goal.
- Review & Publish: Preview your Gifting page and click on "Go Live" if everything looks good.
- Share your Gifting page: you'll get a direct link to send to friends and family or post on social media.
- Receive Contributions: You'll get an email notification every time someone makes a gift contribution to your account.
Suggest a Gift
Do you want to ask family and friends to contribute to your student's DreamAhead account. WA529 provides two convenient ways for account owners to suggest contributions to DreamAhead accounts.
- Send a personal message with our custom Suggest a Gift Messaging Service.
- Personalize and print our Suggest a Gift Invitation to send in the mail.
Family and Friend Gift Contributions
Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even friends can help a child save for college.
Online Gift Contributions for DreamAhead
- A gifting page is set up for a DreamAhead account (by the Account Owner).
- Account Owners will receive a custom link when it is live.
- Account Owners forward the link to family and friends.
- Family and friends can follow the instructions online to make a direct contribution to a beneficiary's account. (Minimum of $5.00)
- Online gifting is limited to $15,000 per transaction. (If you want to contribute more than that amount, you can fill out a Gift form.)
Gift by Mail for DreamAhead
- Fill out a Gift Certificate (below).
- Print the Gift Certificate.
- Mail the top half of the certificate with your payment. (Minimum of $5.00)
- Include the DreamAhead account number on the check.
- Send to: DreamAhead College Investment Plan, P.O. Box 534421, Pittsburgh, PA 15253-4421
- Present the lower portion of the certificate to the student for their records.
- As an alternative option to the Gift Certificates below, a basic payment certificate is available on the forms page.
Open a New DreamAhead Account
- Enrollment is open year-round.
- Visit our Get Started page to learn more.
- Open a new account through our secure online portal.
Create a Gift Certificate
Creating a Gift Certificate to go with your gift contribution is easy! Download a certificate. Fill in the details, print and cut in two. Mail the top half of the certificate to the DreamAhead Investment Program with your payment. Present the lower half to the gift recipient.
Attend a Gifting Webinar (optional)
Learn more details about gifting options, complete with time for questions and answers. Gifting webinars are a great resource to answer questions you may have about the gifting process. Visit on our WA529 Knowledge Cafe page to register for a date and time.
How will gift contributions to a GET or DreamAhead account affect taxes?
Savings in any 529 plan account are generally considered completed gifts for federal estate and gift tax purposes.
If your contributions, together with any other gifts to the Beneficiary (over and above those made to your Account), do not exceed $17,000 per year ($34,000 for married couples making a proper election), those contributions will qualify for the annual exclusion from gift tax for that year. Gifts of up to $85,000 can be made in a single year ($170,000 for married couples making a proper election) for a Beneficiary and you may elect to apply the contribution against the annual exclusion equally over a five-year period. This allows you to move assets into tax-deferred investments and out of your estate more quickly.
If you die with assets still remaining in your Account, the Account’s value will generally not be included in your estate for federal estate tax purposes, unless you elect the five-year averaging and die before the end of the fifth year. If your Beneficiary dies, and assets remain in your Account, the value of your Account may be included in the Beneficiary’s estate for federal tax purposes. Further rules regarding gifts and the generation-skipping transfer tax may apply in the case of distributions, changes of Beneficiaries, and other situations. The state law treatment of gift and estate taxes varies so you should check with your tax advisor for the specific effect of federal and state (if any) gift tax and generation skipping transfer tax on your situation.