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Americans Continue to Show Their Resolve to Save for College

By: Betty Lochner
Chair of the College Savings Plans Network & Director of Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program
Sept. 9, 2014 

Education is the key to unlocking the door to opportunity. Throughout the past several years, new research continues to provide supportive evidence that a college degree not only increases the economic earning power of both individuals and our national economy, but it is also proven to contribute to improved health, homeownership, voting rates, community volunteerism and other social benefits.  While there is no doubt the cost of a college education has increased dramatically in the past two decades, Americans continue to display their growing value of a college degree by saving more of their hard-earned dollars for the future higher education expenses of their children. 

Celebrate Grandparent's Day, Sunday September 7th

By: Hon. Michael L. Fitzgerald
State Treasurer, State of Iowa

September 5, 2014

As a grandparent there are few things that give me as much joy as watching my grandson, Michael, learn and discover new things. Whether we are visiting a petting zoo, reading a book or simply playing with items around the house, the amazement in his eyes at each new discovery is truly fascinating. As he continues to grow, I hope that he continues to be intrigued and amazed by each new thing he learns. As a grandparent, I want to help prepare him for any future higher-education costs he may encounter on his journey of discovery. That is why I make contributions to my College Savings Iowa 529 plan for Michael.

What better way to celebrate Grandparents’ Day this weekend than by helping to ensure our grandchildren have a future with less debt?  With the cost of a four-year degree projected to be $247,377* when it is time for Michael to attend; I know the earlier we start saving, the easier it will be. I want to encourage all grandparents to join me by starting or making a contribution to a 529 account for your grandchildren.

It's College Savings Month!

By Cassandra Sherrill
Marketing Coordinator, Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan
September 2, 2014

Time to kick-off your shoes, pop open a cool drink and enjoy the last days of that summer fun in the sun! That’s right - it is Labor Day! This landmark weekend not only marks back-to-school season but also the beginning of College Savings Month.

As your family kicks the last bits of sand off their shoes and prepares for the excitement of new classes and friends this school year, consider your loved ones’ first day of college too! In the blink of an eye, that annual Labor Day trip to the beach will be his or her first day in their new dorm room. And while your loved one is in the classroom learning, you can be too!

Don’t Let Scholarship Prospects Derail 529 Savings

By Lisa Groen
Senior Writer, Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP)
August 28, 2014

Andres, a junior at University of Nebraska Omaha, played soccer from the time he could walk, eventually earning his way onto a soccer club’s premier team. His father shuttled him to and from games around their home state of Utah, and to summer tournaments in California, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada.

By the time Andres began playing varsity soccer in high school, he had his sights set on a college soccer scholarship. Though his parents had invested a lot of time and money into their son’s sport, they knew his chances were slim. They never counted on a scholarship. They had opened a 529 college savings account when he was a toddler, and contributed to it regularly. They cheered for him from the stands, and hoped for the best.

Andres got lucky.  

Tips for Surviving the First Year of College

By Ryan Betz
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
Washington's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program
Aug. 18, 2014

Right now, thousands of recent high school graduates across our state are gearing up to leave for college in just a few short weeks. The questions that come with leaving for college can be a bit unnerving so I thought I would share some advice and tips for surviving the first year and making the most of your time on campus.

Sleep Better When You Have a Plan

By Bonnie Carroll
Marketing Director, Education Trust of Alaska
August 11, 2014

What would you do if your newborn tried to make this deal with you? Would you be able to find the time and funds to open a college savings account? I’m pretty sure even the most cash poor, sleep deprived parent would manage to open a 529 account if it meant a good night’s sleep.  Many parents post pone saving because they feel they can’t find the time and they don’t have the funds.  But the truth is, it doesn’t take much of either to get started and infancy is the best time to begin. 

Helping families save for college has been very rewarding, especially recently as I’ve begun my own journey as a parent. I work every day to promote saving for college to the residents of my state while I myself am also trying to save for my son and daughter’s college expenses. One thing I’ve observed over and over in the past 15 years is that saving for college gives parents a sense of pride and confidence because they’re doing something great for their kids.

Reaping the Rewards of Saving in a 529 Plan

By Joan Marshall
Executive Director, College Savings Plans of Maryland
August 4, 2014

In running two 529 plans for our state, this time of year is always busy, yet rewarding, as we help thousands of account holders pay for qualified expenses on their beneficiaries’ college bills for the fall semester. In our office, we directly manage our 529 prepaid tuition program, so I really enjoy seeing the checks that we produce on a daily basis for thousands of students who are getting ready for college life in Maryland or across the country, many of them for the first time.

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