Why is August 31 an important date for contributing to a PA 529 GSP account?

Contributing before August 31 of each year may be a significant benefit. Because tuition inflation is ordinarily applied on September 1, contributions made by August 31 receive tuition inflation on September 1. While contributions must be held approximately one year before they and their growth can be used, a contribution made by August 31 of one year can be used as early as for the Summer semester of the next calendar year and receive the benefit of one year of tuition inflation, or for the Fall semester of the next calendar year and receive the benefit of two years of tuition inflation.

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The Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program sponsors two plans-the Guaranteed Savings Plan (GSP) and the Investment Plan (IP). The guarantee of the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan is an obligation of the GSP Fund, not the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any state agency. Before investing in either plan, please carefully read that plan's disclosure to learn more about that plan including investment objectives, risks, fees, and tax implications.