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Thanksgiving: A Great Time to Recognize the Education Pilgrims in Our Lives!

By Ryan Betz
Associate Director of Marketing & Communications

Washington’s GET Program
Nov. 24, 2014

Ryan Betz, left, with his father.
On May 9, 1998, I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. This was not a fluke, it was an intentional goal set by my parents the day I was born. Neither my mom nor my dad had the opportunity to pursue a degree. 

My mom is a self-taught computer programmer who became independent at the age of 16 and worked full-time while finishing high school. My dad is the son of a farmer from Iowa who was captured while building runways in Japan during WWII. He was held as a prisoner of war for close to six years. Because my grandfather’s health was not the best after the war, my dad also worked through high school to support his family and when he graduated, college was not an option. 

Prepaid Conference Hits the Jackpot!

By Betsy Hagen
Associate Director for GET Operations
Nov. 20, 2014

Betty Lochner, center, with CSPN Prepaid Co-chairs, Sheila Salehian, left, and Robin Lott, right, at the Prepaid conference.
I just got back from Vegas and the best part is that the old adage, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” doesn’t apply to this situation. I’m excited to tell you all about the very first Prepaid Tuition Conference!

Sheila Salehian, Senior Deputy Treasurer at the Office of Nevada State Treasurer, welcomed attendees at the first prepaid tuition conference Friday, November 14, in Las Vegas. Salehian and her team graciously hosted the event, which was packed with timely and informative sessions.

Inspiration and Education as Holiday Gifts: Why Not?

By Patricia Roberts
Managing Director
AllianceBernstein Investments
Nov. 17, 2014

I recently returned inspired in so many ways from the College Board 2014 Forum.  I was particularly moved by the FirstGen Student Panel moderated by John QuiƱones of ABC News. Like John, these amazing students were the first in their families to attend college. They spoke of their challenging and courageous journeys to and through higher education and the positive impact college is having on them and on those whose lives they touch. The combination of John’s own powerful story and theirs presented a valuable reminder of the vital role that education plays in opening doors and the many rewards that perseverance brings.

Veterans Day: The Everyday Hero

By Mary Anne Busse
Managing Director, Great Disclosure LLC
Nov. 11, 2014

With the celebration of Veterans Day this November 11, I think of the countless thousands who fought and died for our freedom – from the bloody battles of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War to the War on Terror today, one thing remains the same - the unwavering courage and strength of those who fought bravely and selflessly for the freedom of so many.

This year, I’m particularly reminded of our military men and women who have served faithfully and bravely, but may be forgotten too soon.

Prepare for the Inaugural CSPN 529 Prepaid Conference

By Paul Curley, CFA
Director of College Savings Research, Strategic Insight
November 10, 2014

On November 14, the inaugural CSPN Prepaid Tuition Conference 2014 will be held at the Innevation Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leveraging the technology within the space, Live Stream of the event will also be available.

Building Your College Savings Game Plan


By Luke Minor, Marketing & Communications Manager
Washington's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program
Nov. 3, 2014

It’s the middle of football season, and no matter whether you’re a fan or not, there are some valuable lessons that can be learned from the top caliber NFL teams when it comes to getting ahead of college expenses. Like executing a winning game plan, saving for college takes thoughtful preparation, dedication and commitment. Here are some tips to get you started:

First things first – if you don’t already have a family budget, start one
Starting your college savings is not the only play you’ll need to draw up for a successful financial game plan, especially when you’re busy raising young kids. This is why it’s important to make a comprehensive strategy mapping out all of your expenses, so you can identify opportunities to fit college savings into the mix. Without accounting for all of your other expenses, drawing up an effective college savings attack may prove quite difficult.

Who You Gonna Call? 529 Myth Busters

By Ashley Murdie
Communications and Financial Literacy Director
Kansas State Treasurer's Office
October 27, 2014

Halloween is just around the corner, and while the fear of things that creep and crawl through the night may spook others, it’s 529 myths that truly have me worried. All too often, I’ve heard the same myths regarding 529 plans used as reasons by parents for not opening an account. 

It costs too much to start a 529 account…

     My child will have to attend an in-state school….

          I’ll lose the money if my child doesn’t go to college…

Knowing that these 529 myths and others still continue to deter families from using such a valuable resource is alarming, which is why I’ve made it a personal goal of mine to squash these pesky things. I’ve compiled a list of menacing myths below that I plan to debunk in hopes that parents no longer fear the use of 529 accounts in their efforts to save for their child’s education.

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