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You'll also enjoy benefits like these:
  • Tax advantages - Any earnings generated will be federal (and possibly state) income-tax-free as long as withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses.2 Certain states may offer tax or other benefits for investing in their Section 529 plans.3
  • No age limits on contributions and withdrawals. No income limits on contributions.
  • Planning tools - The personalized College Planning Tool helps you take a closer look at how to pay for college.
  • Full range of investment offerings - In addition to 529 plans, Merrill Edge offers thousands of mutual funds, ETFs, stocks, bonds and other investments.
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How to enroll:
Click the "Enroll and open" button above or below to open your account.
Ask a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ for the offer at select Bank of America banking centers or by calling 1.888.MER.EDGE.
How to qualify:
Make a deposit of $5,000 or more to your new 529 account within 30 days. Maintain your qualifying deposit for at least 90 days.1
Receive your cash bonus within 45 days after the 90-day qualifying period.
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Please remember there's always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities. Before you invest in a Section 529 plan, request the plan's official statement and read it carefully. The official statement contains more complete information, including investment objectives, charges, expenses and risks of investing in the 529 plan, which you should consider carefully before investing. You should also consider whether your home state or your beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's 529 plan. Section 529 plans are not guaranteed by any state or federal agency.

1 To qualify for this offer, you must open a NextGen College Investing Plan Account and fund the account with at least $5,000 in cash within 30 calendar days of account opening. The balance must be held in the account for a minimum of 90 consecutive days following the funding date.

How to Enroll: Customers must enroll by clicking the Enroll and open button above, or ask to be enrolled when speaking with a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ at 1.888.637.3343 or at select Bank of America banking centers.

Cash Reward: The $50 bonus is a one-time credit that will be applied to the newly opened NextGen College Investing Plan Account after the relevant qualification criteria are met. The $50 bonus will be paid during the calendar month after which the 90-day funding criteria are met; only one bonus per account. The $50 bonus will be applied to your account and invested in the various securities offered by the Plan based on your new-investment allocation in effect on the date that the bonus is provided. Merrill Edge reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time. Merrill Edge does not provide legal or tax advice. Please consult a legal or tax advisor regarding your individual circumstances.

Limitations: Offer is limited to one $50 bonus per beneficiary. The offering of cash rewards, free trades, waiver of fees (including account fees), and/or any other thing of value may not be used as an inducement to sell any kind of insurance, including life insurance or annuities

2 To be eligible for favorable tax treatment afforded to any earnings portion of withdrawals from Section 529 accounts, such withdrawals must be used for "qualified higher education expenses," as defined in the Internal Revenue Code. Any earnings withdrawn that are not used for such expenses are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10% additional federal tax, as well as applicable state and local income taxes.

3 Section 529 plans are established by various states and are offered to residents of all states. Depending on the laws of the customer's home state, favorable tax treatment for investing in a Section 529 plan may be limited to investments made in a Section 529 plan offered by the customer's home state. Neither Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated nor any of its subsidiaries are tax or legal advisors. We suggest you consult your personal tax or legal advisor before making tax or legal-related investment decisions.