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Transforming 529 College Savings Plans: Grow Assets for Everyone, Grow the Country

In this essay from The Future of Building Wealth: Brief Essays on the Best Ideas to Build Wealth—for Everyone, Michael Sherraden and Margaret M. Clancy identify the need for a structural solution to “the dysfunction of current asset-building policy” in the United States. They propose a nationwide Child Development Account policy to be implemented through a federal-state collaboration that would transform state 529 college savings plans into asset-building vehicles for every child at birth. “A federally guided CDA policy, vigorously implemented, would serve as a structure for addressing inequalities in wealth, child development and economic opportunity,” Sherraden and Clancy assert. “The nation would grow stronger.”

Projects: SEED for Oklahoma Kids (SEED OK); College Success: Increasing Access through Inclusion in 529 Plans


Sherraden, M., & Clancy, M. M. (2021). Transforming 529 college savings plans: grow assets for everyone, grow the country. In R. Boshara & I. Rademacher (Eds.), The future of building wealth: Brief essays on the best ideas to build wealth—for everyone (pp. 251–257). Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis & Aspen Institute. https://futureofwealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Sec-5.pdf