Parents and grandparents, are you concerned with the increasing cost of college tuition? Programs like College Illinois! and Bright Start College Savings, which fall under the federal 529 umbrella, offer families affordable ways to prepay or save for a child or grandchild’s college tuition. Presenters: Shankar Thiru, Senior Account Executive - College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program and Joseph McNicholas, Marketing Representative - Illinois State Treasurer's Office.