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Start a tax-free 529 college savings plan in 5 minutes. Easily invite family and friends. No fees. Download now to see why we’ve been featured in the New York Times, People, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal.

SIMPLE SIGN UP – CollegeBacker helps you set up a college fund with one of the country's best tax-free 529 plans in under 5 minutes. We remove the complexity and guesswork so you can focus on what matters: saving more for your child's education.

SAVE MORE – We know saving for college isn’t easy. CollegeBacker will be there every step of the way helping you find more ways to save and make your child’s dreams come true.

NO SERVICE FEES – Our service is free. Unlike other college savings apps that charge a mandatory monthly fee or asset-based fee that would eat into your returns, we make money through voluntary tips. These tips support our mission of making college accessible to everyone.

SMART INVESTMENTS – Answer a few simple questions and CollegeBacker will help you choose the college savings plan investment option right for your child. We only recommend a low-cost, highly-rated 529 plan and will help you choose a portfolio that automatically reduces risk as your child ages.

EASY CONTRIBUTIONS – Connect your bank account via online banking to set up one-time or automatic contributions, or contribute via credit or debit card. Start contributing to your child’s college fund with as little as $5. Set up monthly contributions and you'll be surprised to see how quickly they add up!

GROW FASTER WITH GIFTS – CollegeBacker is all about teamwork. Your child gets a beautiful gifting page – CollegeBacker.com/name – that you can text to family and friends or include in birthday party invitations. On average, CollegeBacker families save 43% more than traditional savers by leveraging their gifting page to involve family and friends. Best of all, these "backers" can contribute regularly and stay in the loop as your family prepares for college. When it's time to leave the nest, your child will know whom to thank!

“This is the perfect solution for parties, holidays, and graduations!” - The College Investor

SEED A FRIEND'S FUND – You're ahead of the curve with a college fund for your child, but your friend or family member might not be. We make it easy to send a gift of college that can be redeemed into a college savings plan for the child. And you'll be that child's very first backer!

SECURITY – CollegeBacker employs 256-bit encryption and bank-level security practices to keep your sensitive financial data safe.

QUESTIONS – Check out our FAQs at CollegeBacker.com/FAQ or reach us at support@collegebacker.com.

Disclosures: This app is operated by Principly, Inc., an SEC-registered investment adviser using the trade name CollegeBacker. Investing involves risks, and any account you open or send money to may lose value. Investing in 529 plans in particular involves certain tax considerations and related risks. You are eligible to use CollegeBacker if you live in: Alaska (AK), Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DL), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA, Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KT) Louisiana (LA), Maine (ME), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), Mississippi (MI), Montana (MT), Nebraska (NB), Nevada (NV), New Hampshire (NH), New Mexico (NM), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Ohio (OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TN), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV), Washington (WA), Washington, DC, Wisconsin (WI) Wyoming (WY). For disclosures, see collegebacker.com/legal. "CollegeBacker" is a registered trademark of Principly, Inc. Copyright © 2020.

What’s New

Version 1.1.5

We've made various under-the-hood performance improvements. Cheers!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Jaggednad ,

Such an easy way to save for college

My friends just had a kid, and they included their college backer link in their baby announcement email. I just clicked the link and donated to their college fund. Super easy and convenient! And it feels so good to celebrate their baby by helping them pay for college. I’m definitely going to open a college backer account for my kid when I have one too!

J Muscia ,

Ok with simple transactions

I haven’t had a problem with the initial monthly contributions into my kids accounts. That’s the only thing that has been easy. I have not had a problem-free experience with any gifts we’ve given or received! Gifts are emailed as given, but cancelled with no notice or reason, or the recipient doesn’t receive an email that they were given a gift. Gifts aren’t applied to the correct account. You REALLY have to stay on top of it. Seems like customer service helps, but also stay on top of anything they’ve “resolved” as I’ve found I’ve had to ask about the same issues multiple times and some are still not resolved.

Developer Response ,

Hi J Muscia - thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We’re so sorry you’ve had some issues. I checked with our team and believe we have resolved all of them, but if not please let us know at support@collegebacker.com.

P. Gibby ,

Great Platform for Gifting to Friends’ Kids

The web platform was already great, but now I can just donate to friends’ kids for holidays and birthdays right on my phone with a better experience. Plus, I can see all the accounts I’ve donated to. It’s pretty awesome, and makes donating and keeping track of your contributions fun.


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