529 Plan Payments

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings account designed to be used for the beneficiary's education expenses. The account holder can use the funds to pay all or a portion of a student's Tuition and Fees at SDSU. We recommend that you request funds a month in advance to ensure that our office receives payment in time for registration.

COMING SOON: Direct 529 Plan Payments Via the Online Student Account

During the Fall 2021 semester we will introduce direct ePayment using select 529 Plans. When selecting a charge in the Online Student Account (student's payment portal) "529 Plan" will be a payment option. Below is a list of 529 Plans that will be accommodated when the feature is introduced.

  • iShares 529 Plan
  • GIFT Arkansas 529 Plan
  • ScholarShare 529
  • CollegeInvest Direct Portfolio College Savings Plan
  • Scholars Choice 529 Plan
  • DC College Savings Plan
  • Path2College 529 Plan
  • IDeal Idaho College Savings Program
  • CollegeChoice Advisor 529 Savings Plan
  • CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan
  • Learning Quest Advisor
  • Learning Quest Education Savings Program
  • KY Saves 529 Plan
  • MI 529 Advisor Plan
  • Michigan Education Savings Program (Direct Plan)
  • Missouri Saving for Tuition
  • Minnesota College Savings Plan
  • North Dakota: College SAVE
  • CollegeAdvantage Direct 529 Savings Plan
  • Oklahoma College Savings Plan
  • CollegeBound 529
  • CollegeBound Saver
  • TNStars College Savings 529 Program
  • Edvest College Savings Plan
  • The Hartford SMART529 College Savings Plan
  • SMART529 WV Direct College Savings Plan
  • SMART529 Select College Savings Plan

Making Payments With 529 Plans Unavailable for ePayment

529 Plans that are not included in the ePayment list above are not accepted by our payment processing system. In such cases the account holder should contact their financial adviser or institution to arrange payment to SDSU. Payment options vary for each Plan, but common options are shown below for your reference. Note: if your 529 Plan is not compatible with our ePayment system you are strongly encouraged to begin the payment process with your financial institution a month in advance of a payment deadline.

Most 529 Plans will send payment to SDSU via a check with reference. Your financial institution should include the following information:

  • Student's first & last name
  • Student's RedID number
  • What charges the 529 check is paying

The mailing address to use is as follows:

SDSU Student Account Services
5500 Campanile Drive, SSW 2536
San Diego, CA 92182-7425

To ensure that your 529 payment is received and posted to your student's account in a timely manner we strongly encourage that certified mail is used through private companies such as FEDEx or UPS. If these options are not available it is important that you initiate the payment process at least month in advance to ensure sufficient time for the payment to be processed.

A few 529 Plans will permit account holders to transfer 529 funds to their personal checking account. After transferring funds you would pay SDSU directly via electronic check through the Online Student Account. Note: consult with your tax professional and/or financial adviser before pursuing this option as there may be tax implications.

For assistance making a payment online review our Tuition Payment Guide and our Payment Options webpage.