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Bright Start Card

Illinois’ tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan has teamed with a MasterCard-linked college savings program to launch the “Bright Start Futuretrust MasterCard.” Under the new program cardholders will receive an automatic $25 contribution after the first use. Members earn up to 15% in additional college savings when they shop at thousands of partners in the “Futuretrust Preferred Merchant Network” consisting of major retail chains, catalogs, restaurants and on-line merchants. For every $25 of rebates accumulated, the money will automatically be invested into a linked “Bright Start 529” account. The rebates are state tax deductible for Illinois residents. A “Bright Start 529” account can be used toward tuition and other qualified college expenses such as eligible room and board, books, and fees at colleges in Illinois and nationwide. For more information visit “”: or “”:

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