Two Illinois college tuition investment programs have seen their assets grow substantially in the past two years.
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced Wednesday the plans' assets have grown from $3.7 billion to more than $5 billion. Rutherford says he's been working to restore faith in the programs, which offer tax advantages to families saving for college.
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The state treasurer says one key to the success of the Bright Start and Bright Directions programs is a marketing campaign that's increasing awareness.
Investments in the savings plans can be used at most vocational, community, state or postsecondary institutions in Illinois and outside the state.