Ascensus College Savings Integrates with CASHNet Payment Solutions to Offer School ePay

Tuition payers can now use 529 funds as payment on select university
websites

DRESHER, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ascensus
College Savings
, one of the nation’s largest administrators of 529
plans, announced a strategic partnership with Higher
One, the provider of CASHNet® Payment Solutions
, to offer School
ePay, an innovative solution that enables tuition payers to make
electronic tuition payments from their 529 accounts directly on a
beneficiary’s school payment portal.

CASHNet, a leading payment solution among colleges and universities,
will soon integrate some of the 529 accounts that are administered by
Ascensus College Savings directly with the CASHNet payment portals. This
functionality, School ePay, will be the first of its kind in the 529
industry and promises to simplify the tuition payment process for 529
savers and streamline payment processing and administration for schools.

School ePay offers 529 savers a new level of convenience, eliminates the
uncertainty that often accompanies making payments by check, and ensures
that 529 savers can meet tuition payment deadlines. School ePay’s
payment process reduces the time and coordination required to make
secure payment. It also enables colleges and universities that receive
tuition payments from a 529 account to more efficiently reconcile these
payments, prevent delays, and eliminate processing errors.

“We are excited to work with Ascensus College Savings to be the first in
higher education to give tuition payers the ability to visit a single
website and pay their tuition bill using 529 funds. This integration can
give payers confidence that their payment has been securely processed,”
explains Don Smith, Vice President of Product Management for CASHNet
Payment Solutions.

To ensure that clients can best utilize School ePay, Ascensus College
Savings will have a dedicated client service team available via a
toll-free phone number to answer account holders’ questions on this new
service.

School ePay is an optional service and will be available only to tuition
payers in participating 529 plans who are making payments at
participating colleges and universities. 529 account holders can contact
their 529 providers or schools directly to learn whether they are
eligible to use this service. Ascensus College Savings will continue to
offer to 529 savers all existing platform payment solutions for 529
withdrawals.

“We are honored to bring the School ePay solution to the 529 industry
with the help and expertise of our business partners on the CASHNet
team,” said Jeff Howkins, President of Ascensus College Savings.
“Ascensus College Savings continues to invest in technological
advancements that improve the accessibility of 529 savings plans and
offer our state clients the ultimate convenience and efficiency.”

By using 529 plans, families and individuals can save for the increasing
cost of higher education at accredited schools nationwide, including
four-year universities, community colleges, and vocational schools. The
benefits of 529 plans include a range of investment options, control of
the account in accordance with 529 requirements, tax advantages for
qualified withdrawals1, flexibility to change
beneficiaries, and much more. For more information on 529 plans, please
visit www.AscensusCollegeSavings.com.

About Ascensus

Ascensus is the largest independent retirement and college savings
services provider in the United States, helping over 6 million Americans
save for the future. With more than 35 years of experience, the firm
partners with financial institutions to offer tailored solutions that
meet the needs of financial professionals, employers, and individuals.
Ascensus specializes in recordkeeping, administrative, and program
management services, supporting over 40,000 retirement plans and over
3.4 million 529 college savings accounts. It also administers more than
1.5 million IRAs and health savings accounts and is home to one of the
largest ERISA consulting teams in the country. For more information
about Ascensus, visit www.ascensus.com.

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About Higher One Holdings, Inc.

Higher
One Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE: ONE) is a leading financial technology
company focused on providing cost-saving solutions that enhance student
service for the business office of colleges and universities. Higher
One’s technologies for higher education institutions streamline the
processes of financial aid disbursement and payment acceptance. Higher
One also provides options for students and families to manage
college-related expenses, such as unique student-banking services, and
financial education through $tart
with Change
. Higher One supports more than 1,500 campuses and more
than 9 million students across the U.S. More information can be found at www.higherone.com.

1 Earnings on nonqualified withdrawals are subject to federal
income tax and may be subject to a 10 percent federal penalty tax, as
well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other
benefits may be contingent upon meeting certain requirements.

For more information about 529 plans managed or administered by Ascensus
College Savings call 1.877.529.2980 or visit ascensuscollegesavings.com.

Before investing in any 529 plan, you should consider whether your or
the designated beneficiary’s home state offers a 529 plan that provides
its taxpayers with state tax and other benefits that are only available
through the home state’s 529 plan. You also should consult your
financial, tax, or other advisor to learn more about how state-based
benefits (or any limitations) would apply to your specific
circumstances. You also may wish to contact directly your home state’s
529 plan(s), or any other 529 plan, to learn more about those plans’
features, benefits and limitations. Keep in mind that state-based
benefits should be one of many appropriately weighted factors to be
considered when making an investment decision.

Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important
information such as specific benefits, limitations, rules and guidance
are included in a 529 plan’s offering statement; read and consider it
carefully before investing.

When you invest in a 529 plan you are purchasing municipal securities
whose value will vary with market conditions. Investment returns will
vary depending upon the performance of the portfolios in the 529 plan
you choose. Depending on market conditions, you could lose all or a
portion of your money by investing in a 529 plan. Account owners assume
all investment risks as well as responsibility for any federal and state
tax consequences. Carefully read any disclosure statements and detailed
information relative to your investment goals or needs, or consult with
a tax advisor for their specific tax applications or consequences.

Contacts

Ascensus
Roberta Hess
Vice President
Marketing &
Communications
215-648-1426
Roberta.Hess@ascensus.com