Flywire's 529 Disbursement Solution

Streamline the 529 disbursement process by enabling digital payments directly to your education institution.

More people are leveraging a 529 plan to save for college than ever before. While this is great for families, the sheer volume of paper checks for 529 payments has become increasingly unmanageable for institutions and has created operational problems for administrators and students alike.

Flywire is proud to offer a solution that enables institutions to eliminate paper checks, speed delivery, improve accuracy and increase payment security. With more than forty 529 savings plans connected to our solution, several hundred institutions have already eliminated thousands of checks through electronic ACH delivery. We will continue to expand our network of 529 Plans in order to simplify 529 plan payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should use this guide?

School administrators who are currently connected or considering connecting to Flywire for digital 529 disbursements.


How does it work?

529 plans and plan managers use Flywire’s disbursement technology to automatically send electronic ACH transactions to any school that connects to Flywire. 529 payments are bundled across all connected plans and delivered via one ACH deposit to your institution's bank account on record. Schools will receive an email notification anytime 529 payments are deposited. Individual payment details are available in your existing Flywire Dashboard and a disbursement file is also available for download. All transactions will include relevant details, such as payment amount, student full name, student ID number, and the 529 Plan name.

  • For Flywire clients, individual payment details are available in your existing Flywire Dashboard, and a disbursement file is also available for download. Designated Dashboard users at your institution are able to add or change the list of staff members who can view transactions and who will receive disbursement email notifications at your institution.
  • Non-Flywire clients will receive a secure disbursement roster via email with all relevant information.

What 529 plans are included?

Below you will find a current list of participating 529 plans. We will be adding more in the future. We ask that you not publish this list or webpage as it is subject to change. If families have questions about digital delivery, please direct them to their 529 plan’s customer service team.

StatePlan Name
AlaskaT. Rowe Price College Savings Plan
Arkansas
Arkansas Brighter Future 529 Plan (formerly the GIFT Plan)
Arkansas
Brighter Future 529 Plan (formerly iShares 529 Plan)
California
ScholarShare 529
Colorado
CollegeInvest Direct
Colorado
Scholars Choice® College Savings
District of Columbia
DC College Savings Plan
Georgia
Path2College 529 Plan
Hawaii
HI529 - Hawaii's College Savings Program
Idaho
IDeal Idaho College Savings Program
Indiana
Indiana529 Direct Savings Plan (formerly CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan)
Indiana
Indiana529 Advisor Savings Plan (formerly CollegeChoice Advisor 529 Savings Plan)
Iowa
College Savings Iowa
Kansas
Learning Quest Education Savings
Kansas
Learning Quest Advisor
Kansas
Schwab 529 College Savings Plan
Kansas
Schwab Learning Quest 529 Plan
Kentucky
KY Saves 529
Maryland
Maryland College Investment Plan
Michigan
Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP)
Michigan
Michigan 529 Advisor Plan
Minnesota
Minnesota College Savings Plan
Missouri
MOST - Missouri 529 Education Plan
Montana
Achieve Montana
Nevada
Future Path 529 (formerly SSGA Upromise 529)
Nevada
The Vanguard 529 Education Savings Plan
Nevada
USAA 529 Education Savings Plan
New Mexico
Scholar’s Edge
New Mexico
The Education Plan
North Dakota
North Dakota: College SAVE
Ohio
CollegeAdvantage Direct 529 Savings Plan
Oklahoma
Oklahoma College Savings Plan (Oklahoma 529)
Oregon
Oregon College Savings Plan
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania 529 Investment Plan (PA Direct)
Rhode Island
CollegeBound Saver
Rhode Island
CollegeBound 529
South Carolina
Future Scholar Advisor Plan
South Carolina
Future Scholar Direct Plan
Tennessee
TNStars College Savings 529 Program
Utah
My529
Washington
DreamAhead College Investment Plan
West Virginia
SMART529 WV Direct
West Virginia
The Hartford SMART529
West Virginia
SMART529 Select
Wisconsin
Edvest College Savings Plan


How do I get started?

Existing Flywire ClientsNon-Flywire Clients
Notify your Relationship Manager or email
[email protected]
Request and complete our ACH Authorization Form
Optional: Some schools choose to create a new
item-type or detail code for digital 529 payments.
Confirm receipt of a $1 test payment
That’s it!
That's it!

We will deliver payments in a daily lump-sum to your institution's bank account on file. The 529 deposits are easily distinguished from other deposits received through Flywire. Flywire clients will also have access to the Flywire Dashboard for easy reconciliation, as well as the option to automate cashiering into your student information system.


What’s the catch?

There is no catch! Flywire wants to support 529 plans and students and families who are seeking a faster and more sustainable way of sending payments to you.


What's included?

In support of Flywire’s mission to eliminate all paper checks and simplify the most complex payments, the following features and functionality are offered to schools at no-cost.


Flywire Clients
Non-Flywire Clients
Daily ACH deposit for all 529 payments


Fast delivery – funds delivered in 1-3 days


Instant access to our growing network of 529 College Savings Plans (40+)


A digital option to your school for more than 5 million 529 account holders


Essential transaction identifiers on every 529 payment


Optional cashiering integration

$
(fees apply)
Centralized administrator dashboard to track and report on all 529 payments and manage staff access and workflow

$
(fees apply)
Electronic returns/refunds back to the 529 plan

$
(fees apply)


How do I promote digital adoption?

There is no need for you to promote the digital 529 option since the process is intuitive for families, and some state 529 plan managers are promoting the digital option to their participants already. By activating the digital option, families will simply have an electronic payment method available when requesting a withdrawal from their savings plan. There is no Flywire interface or user experience for plan participants.

If you would like to encourage digital adoption on your website or bill, here is some standard language approved by Flywire and our 529 partners:

Many 529 College Savings Plans now offer a digital distribution option, which saves time and improves transparency with real-time payment tracking. When requesting a withdrawal from your 529 account, check with your plan manager to see if a digital distribution option is available.


What happens if we do not activate digital delivery?

If your school does not activate digital delivery, the digital option is replaced with an expedited check option, which usually means a higher fee and inability to track the payment status for the account owner. Your school will also be unable to automate the reconciliation process, adding time and manual processing to payment posting.


Is this solution available for other 529 plans?

Flywire is pursuing additional partnerships with other 529 Plan providers to ensure our network is as complete and robust as possible. What plans do you want to see added to our network? Let us know and make your voice heard by answering a few questions.

For additional questions related to Flywire’s 529 Disbursement solution or if you are interested in becoming a Flywire client, please contact your Relationship Manager, or email us at [email protected].