It’s College Savings Month!
This post is brought to you by our partners at ScholarShare, California’s 529 college savings program.
Are your kids all settled back into school? I love the routines of fall, especially all the new things: new clothes, new backpacks, new teachers, new friends. Big Brother started high school this fall… and it’s getting real. There’s a college and career center on campus, and what are these mailers we’re getting for SAT and AP tests?!
The good thing is that the beginning of each school year is a chance for a fresh start and to establish new habits… and that includes us parents.
It makes perfect sense that September is also College Savings Month. Since we’re all focused on learning at this time of year, it’s also a good time to get into the routine of saving for our kids’ higher educations.
So even if you haven’t starting putting away money for your kids’ university tuition (and it’s just a few years away for some of us. Ahem), there are easy ways to save a little each month through ScholarShare, California’s 529K College Savings Plan. It’s like a 401K for education. You can automatically deposit funds or family members can contribute through e-gift options.
Even small steps can add up.
College Savings Pledge Sweepstakes
To help get things started, ScholarShare is hosting its annual College Savings Pledge Sweepstakes. As part of the pledge, declare how much you want to save each month for your future college grad — even if it is just $25. Throughout September, five eligible sweepstakes entrants will be selected each week to receive $500 (in the form of a ScholarShare Gift of College gift card) to support their savings goals.
- Visit CollegeSavingsPledge.com
- Enter your college savings goal and provide your contact information. Enter for a chance to win!
- For an additional chance to win, once you sign the pledge, share it with your friends and family.
To enter for a chance to win, California parents, grandparents, guardians or family members can submit an official entry form here.
The sweepstakes begins at 8 a.m. PT on Sept. 1, 2016 and ends at 8 a.m. PT on Sept. 30, 2016. Open to legal residents of the State of California who: 1) are at least 18 years or age or older and have a social security number or federal taxpayer identification number; 2) have not won a prior sweepstakes with ScholarShare in the past 12 months.