Saving for College

Save for College with MESP

Saving for college has become one of the most important financial goals, like buying a home or saving for retirement. A 2018 survey conducted by the Michigan Education Trust found that while most Michigan parents view a college education as an investment in their child’s future, only about half are currently saving for higher education expenses. Read the full article.

In an effort to meet the needs of all residents, the state of Michigan offers both a pre-paid plan and college savings plans. Each option offers a State of Michigan income tax deduction and tax deferred earning potential, as well as tax free withdrawals when funds are used for qualified educational expenses.

The Michigan Education Savings Program direct sold 529 college savings plan is managed by TIAA, Tuition Financing Incorporated. MESP was established in 2000 and TIAA has been the plan manager since inception.


To learn more about the state of Michigan's 529 programs, sign up to join an upcoming live interactive webinar. 

You can access the interactive session from your computer and interact with live presenters 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET on these dates:

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019

RSVP today at Click on a webinar to sign up. Instructions for joining the webinar of your choice will be sent to you via email.

Schedule an Appointment

Phone Appointments

To schedule a free phone appointment with your dedicated Tuition Financing Consultant, Jennifer D. Uhlar, request an appointment.

Jennifer D. Uhlar, TIAA Tuition Financing Consultant
           Jennifer D. Uhlar
Tuition Financing Consultant, TIAA

In-person Appointments

In-person appointments are available at the TIAA offices in Ann Arbor. To schedule an appointment, email Jenny Uhlar directly at

777 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48108