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COLLEGE SAVINGS 101

529 Day - The Definitive Guide

Posted 2015-05-06

by Megan Hurley Donovan

529 Day - The Definitive Guide

So what are you doing to celebrate 529 College Savings Day? Many states are promoting May 29 (5/29) as a day with special meaning, and are looking to boost interest and participation in their 529 savings programs with various sweepstakes, contests and incentives.

Savingforcollege.com is joining in on the festivities as well! Sign up to attend our free, live Q&A webcast at 1PM ET on May 29th, 2015. You'll be able to have all your college savings questions answered by Savinforcollege.com founder Joe Hurley and a panel of other experts.

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We have compiled the following list of state/plan promotions:

Alabama: CollegeCounts $529 Giveaway

  • Enter to win one of 31 $529 CollegeCounts college savings accounts.
  • Beneficiaries must be Alabama residents born between May 1 - 31, 2015.
  • Winners will be randomly selected and announced by July 17, 2015.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: July 1, 2015

California: Scholarshare 'You Start It, We Match It' Matching Program

  • California families who open a new ScholarShare529 college savings account any time from 12:01 AM to 11:59 PM on May 29, 2015 can receive a matching deposit of $50 from ScholarShare.
  • To be eligible, families will need to open a new ScholarShare College Savings Plan with at least $50, and enroll in the automatic contribution plan.
  • More information

College Savings Bank: 529 Day Webcast Giveaway

  • All attendees to Savingforcollege.com's 529 Day Q&A webcast will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive one of two $250 college savings accounts.
  • One winner will receive a CollegeChoiceCD 529 Savings Plan account and one winner will receive an account with the Arizona Family College Savings Program—Bank Plan.
  • The webcast will take place on Friday, May 29, at 1:00PM ET.
  • Registration

Georgia: Path2College 529 Plan Newborn Sweepstakes

  • Enter for a chance to win $5,529 towards a Path2College (Georgia) 529 Plan
  • Open to residents - or Path2College 529 Plan account owners - who are the parent, guardian or grandparent of a child born in a Georgia hospital during 2014.
  • One winner will be selected to win $5,529, and will have the option to use all or a portion of the prize to open a Path2College Savings plan for the newborn.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: April 15, 2016

Idaho: IDeal $529 Scholarship Contest

  • Idaho residents may enter for a chance to win a $529 prize in the form of a contribution to a new or existing IDeal college savings plan account.
  • One winner will be chosen at random to receive the prize.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 27, 2015

College Savings Iowa - 2015 $5,290 College Savings Iowa Spring Giveaway

  • Enter to win a $5,290 contribution to a College Savings Iowa 529 account.
  • Must be an Iowa resident 18 years of age or older. Winner will be selected by random drawing.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2015

Kansas Learning Quest Blue Crew $1,529 Giveaway

  • Register to win a grand prize consisting of one $1,529 Learning Quest 529 account, four tickets to the July 12, 2015 Kansas City Royals home game, Royals Stadium tour, and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.
  • One grand prize winner will be randomly selected on July 1, 2015.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: June 30, 2015

Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust Newborn Giveaway

  • Open to parents, grandparents, or guardians of babies born in Kentucky during the prior 12 months.
  • One drawing will be held each calendar quarter, and the winner will receive a $1,000 KESPT college savings account. A total of four drawings will take place this year.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: Entries must be received by September 30, 2015.

Massachusetts Education Financing Authority 529 Day Open House

  • MEFA will be hosting an Open House at its office at 160 Federal Street on May 29th, 2015 from 9AM-4PM.
  • Families can meet with a college planning expert and can attend a saving for college webinar at 10AM.
  • There will also be a Start U. Reading event with Dora the Explorer at 10:30AM at the Medford Public Library.
  • More information

Michigan: John Ball Zoo "Save for Education Day"

  • The John Ball Zoo and Edward Jones are teaming up to offer discounted admission ($5.29) all day (with coupon) on May 29.
  • More information

Missouri: MOST 529 College Savings Day Giveaway

  • Missouri residents can enter for a chance to win a contribution of up to $5,290 to a MOST 529 Plan account.
  • While all that's necessary for entry is to fill out the entry form. participants can earn additional chances to win by liking MOST on Facebook and following them on Twitter.
  • One winner will receive a $5,290 contribution, and ten others will each receive a $529 contribution.
  • Winners will be randomly selected on or about June 8, 2015.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2015

Nebraska Educational Savings Trust - Teach Children to Save NEST $529 Drawing

  • New NEST Direct or NEST Advisor accounts opened between April 20 and May 29, 2015 will be automatically entered into a drawing to award winners $529 each to be deposited into their NEST account.
  • Five winners will be chosen to receive a $529 deposit into their account.
  • Use 2015TEACH as the promotion code
  • More information
  • Deadline: New accounts must be opened by May 29, 2015.

Nebraska Educational Savings Trust - NEST on the Farm Fun Photo Drawing

  • Nebraska residents can submit a farm-themed photo of a child 13 or young for a chance to win one of six $1,000 contributions to a NEST account.
  • Six winners, one from each designated drawing group, will be randomly selected on or about June 2, 2015.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 23, 2015

Nevada College Savings Day $529 Scholarship Giveaway

  • Nevada residents with children 13 or younger may enter to win a prize of $529 to be used to open an SSgA Upromise 529 plan account, or enhance an existing account.
  • Entrants will be eligible to win one of 20 $529 scholarships.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2015

North Carolina: $529 on 5/29 Drawing

  • North Carolina residents who have a NC 529 Account can enter to win one of three scholarships in the form of a $529 contribution each.
  • Once entered, participants can earn an additional entry each time they make or have made contributions of at least $25 between January 1, 2015 and May 21, 2015. This includes automatic contributions.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 21, 2015

Ohio: CollegeAdvantage $2,500 Giveaway

  • Enter for your chance to win one of 10 $2,500 contributions to a CollegeAdvantage 529 plan account.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 29, 2015

Oklahoma College Savings Plan Think Big! Save for College! Sweepstakes

  • Oklahoma residents can enter to win one of three scholarship prizes as well as prizes from the Tulsa Zoo.
  • Three winners will be randomly selected to receive one of three prizes: a $2,529 Oklahoma College Savings Plan account and one Zoo 2 U Program certificate, a $1,529 Oklahoma College Savings Plan account and one Zoo 2 U Program Certificate, or a $529 Oklahoma College Savings Plan account and one Zoo gift basket.
  • Participants may enter via OCSP's facebook page.
  • Deadline: June 12, 2015

Oklahoma College Savings Plan Newborn Sweepstakes

  • Enter for a chance to win $5,529 towards an Oklahoma College Savings Plan.
  • Eligible participants include Oklahoma residents who have a child or grandchild born in 2015 at a participating Oklahoma hospital.
  • One entrant will win the grand prize on behalf of his or her newborn child or grandchild, and one prize of $1,529 will be awarded to the volunteer auxiliary at the Oklahoma hospital of the winning newborn.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: April 14, 2016

Oregon College Savings Plan "Save the Day! Save for College!" Program

  • Entrants who enroll their children in this financial literacy program and submit a reading log will be entered into a drawing to win one of 15 $529 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts.
  • Each winner's library will also win $500.
  • More information
  • Deadline: August 28, 2015

Rhode Island: College Savings Night

  • Rhode Island will be celebrating 529 Week in partnership with Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority
  • College Savings Night will take place on May 29th at the Pawtucket Red Sox Game. Families can learn about Collegeboundfund® and can even open an account during the game.
  • Families will also have a chance to win a $529 contribution to a CollegeBoundfund account.

South Carolina: Future Scholar Palmetto Baby Program

  • Families with a newborn born on May 29th, 2015 who open a Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan account will be eligible for a $529 grant.
  • The beneficiary of the Future Scholar account must have a South Carolina birth certificate.
  • Only one $529 grant will be awarded for each eligible child.
  • Completed and signed forms must be received by September 6, 2015
  • More information

Virginia529 Testimonial Contest

  • Current or past Virginia529 account owners can submit a testimonial on how a Virginia529 college savings account is helping or has helped them to reach their college goals for a chance to win up to $2,500 in contributions.
  • Entries must be 250 words or less and must be original, non published work.
  • One grand prize winner will receive a contribution of $2,500 to a new or existing inVEST account, and two runner-up winners will each receive a $529 contribution.
  • Deadline: May 17, 2015
  • Entry

Virginia529 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes

  • Anyone who opens an inVEST or CollegeWealth account in May will be eligible to receive a $10,000 contribution.
  • Current account owners may also enter the sweepstakes by mailing in their entry.
  • One winner will be randomly selected and notified on or about June 5, 2015.
  • Deadline: May 31, 2015
  • More information

Virginia529 529 Day Newborn Contest

  • Newborn babies born in the state of Virginia on or around 529 Day will be eligible to receive a $529 inVEST account.
  • The baby who is born closest to 5:29 PM on May 29, 2015 at each of the participating hospitals will be selected as the winner.
  • More information

Have we missed any college savings day contests or sweepstakes? Please let us know.

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