National 529 Day is Coming Up!

This post and the scholarship giveaway are sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board. All thoughts are my own.

My children and I were involved as volunteers with the Florida State University Film School for several years. The first time we went to campus to watch one of the films be screened, I headed automatically to the on-campus theater I remembered going to when I was a student at Florida State (1982-86). Nothing was going on at the building I approached; clearly I was at the wrong place.

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A few frantic phone calls later, I was directed to the beautiful Student Life Cinema, which in its luxury, size and modern design made Moore Auditorium look like the dinosaur it was.

The Cost of Higher Education Changes

Like the move theater facilities at Florida State, many other things can change over a couple of decades. One of those things is the cost of a college education.

As National 529 Day approaches, this is the perfect time to think about opening a 529 plan for a child in your life.

(If you don’t have time to read everything I am about to share, click here to enter a contest to win a $529 scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account!)

Still with me? Here is more info about 529 plans:

Education savings plans called “529 plans” are named after the IRS code that created them in 1996. They help families save for college costs. If you are wondering how they are different from prepaid tuition plans, here’s a breakdown.

Enter the Scholarship Giveaway!

What’s not to like about a $529 contribution into a 529 Scholarship Plan for a child you love? Ten people will win!

It’s simple to register to enter (you do have to be a Florida resident). After that, you can accumulate additional entries each day by participating in activities on the site, like creating a meme. Here’s one I created of my son and me:

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(Editor’s Note – 5/17/17 – now that my husband has pointed this out to me, I can’t unsee what he saw so …. just for the record …. my son is not shooting me a bird here — he is holding a medal he had been awarded at school. This is how rumors start, people!)

More details on the contest:

You can enter anytime between May 15 and June 11.

Bonus: I will randomly choose a winner to receive a $10 Starbucks gift card from among everyone who registers for the giveaway and helps promote it between May 16 and May 20 via the Rafflecopter below. You could help a child you love get an education investment jump start AND get fully caffeinated. Yay!

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30 thoughts on “National 529 Day is Coming Up!

  1. I believe it is very helpful for someone looking to go back to school or someone looking in to it thanks for sharing

    • It totally is! 529 plans definitely have the advantage of flexibility. Full disclosure: I failed to grow my kids’ and sure wished I had not let it languished when books, fees, housing and other non-prepaid eligible expenses arose.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I have a child who will be entering his first year of college soon so this is great to read about!

    • It totally is!! Full disclosure — I failed at accumulating money in my kids’ 529 plans, EVEN WITH an employer match. Hindsight is definitely 20/20. I think one of my biggest roles as a Believer Blogger is sharing the things I could have done differently in order to help others avoid the same thing. Good luck! Enjoy your kiddoes.

  3. I’ve shared this on Facebook and Twitter. Everyone I know living in Florida is way past “normal” college age, but I don’t know about my Facebook friends. New York has just announced free state college tuition with several strings attached – I wonder if other states will be following.

    • Thank you, Alana! The thing about sharing it is you never know who may need/want the info! Free state college tuition would make this parent of two college-age kids happy, that’s for sure! 🙂

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