Asset Building Financial Inclusion Working Paper

College Savings Match Programs: Design and Policy

We examine here the essential elements and program design of all state 529 savings-match programs as well as the application process and other policy considerations. Like other state programs, 529 savings incentives inevitably reflect the unique demographics, economics, and political makeup of a particular state. This report provides details about inclusive savings-match program features and strategies that could make 529 plans more widely accessible to families of all incomes.

Project: College Success


Lassar, T., Clancy, M., & McClure, S. (2011). College savings match programs: Design and policy (CSD Working Paper No. 11-28). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.