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CollegeBacker is the best way to save for college.

* Simple: Start a college fund for your child – or enhance your existing one – in under 5 minutes.

* Smart: Robo-advice to help you maximize your college savings with tax-free investing.

* Social: Invite family & friends to support your child with gifts and cashback rewards.

CollegeBacker is the first and only robo-advisor focused exclusively on education savings. We’ve already helped families avoid over 25 million in student loan debt. Download now to see why we’ve been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, People, Forbes, Bloomberg, and more.

“CollegeBacker combines crowdfunding, robo-investment advice, and 529 college savings plans... If you don't have a savings plan set up for your budding genius, CollegeBacker will walk you through the process.” - The Motley Fool

A MODERN COLLEGE FUND – In just a few minutes, use our tailored robo-advice to get on track with your college savings, whether you start with an FDIC-insured Backer Safe, open a 529 plan, or connect your existing 529. Set up your own automatic contributions, then supercharge your savings with Backer Gifts™ and Backer Bucks™.

BACKER GIFTS – CollegeBacker is all about the community you build to support your child. Easily customize a beautiful gifting page (CollegeBacker.com/name) and share it with family & friends for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions.

CollegeBacker families save an average of 40% more with Backer Gifts. Best of all, these "Backers" can contribute regularly and stay in the loop as your family prepares for college.

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

BACKER BUCKS – Boost your savings with cashback from everyday purchases at 125+ brand-name retailers and services. Your child’s Backers can also contribute their Backer Bucks to help you save even more.

AMAZING VALUE – It’s free to send a gift to kick off or add to a college fund! For families looking for help with saving for their child’s future, we offer the most comprehensive college savings platform for a low monthly fee. To reach as many families as possible, we let you choose your own fee starting at $1 per month (though most choose $5), and that covers your entire family.

CONNECT YOUR PLAN – If you already have a 529 plan account in one of the following states, you can link it to CollegeBacker: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

SECURITY YOU CAN TRUST – Your account is protected with bank-level encryption and security practices, including 24/7/365 monitoring. Your money is placed in a state-sponsored account managed by national investment companies or an FDIC-insured account held at one of the largest U.S. banks.

QUESTIONS – Check out our FAQs at CollegeBacker.com/help 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. For disclosures, see collegebacker.com/legal. "CollegeBacker" is a registered trademark of Principly, Inc. Copyright © 2020.

What’s New

Version 1.5.2

Introducing an all new fund management interface, letting you easily manage your team of Backers and filter your college fund contributions by type, along with many smaller improvements. Let us know what you think!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 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.


Principly, Inc.
71.2 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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