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COLLEGE SAVINGS 101

529 Day - The Definitive Guide

Posted 2014-04-23

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, 2014. You'll be able to have all your college savings questions answered by Savinforcollege.com founder Joe Hurley and a panel of other experts. Just for registering you'll be entered into a drawing for a Amazon Fire TV! Sign up here.

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

Alabama: CollegeCounts $529 Giveaway

  • Enter to win one of two $529 contributions to a new or existing CollegeCounts 529 Fund.
  • All entrants must submit a form and answer two questions related to why they are saving for college.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 29, 2014

California: Scholarshare 529 Day Sweepstakes

  • Enter for the chance to win $2,500 towards a ScholarShare college savings account.
  • Must be a legal resident of California and 18 years of age or older to be eligible.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 29, 2014

College Savings Bank: 5-29 Day Express Lunch Webinar

  • Sign up for this half-hour webinar to learn about the importance of higher education, saving methods for college, and the programs managed by College Savings Bank.
  • All attendees are automatically entered into a drawing for 2 $250 scholarships toward a new college savings account and a Kindle Fire.
  • Choose one of two times to attend on May 29th: 12:30PM - 1:00PM ET or 3:30PM - 4:00PM ET.
  • Registration

Connecticut: CHET 529 Day Promotion

  • Connecticut residents with a baby born in the month of May are eligible for a chance to win $1,529 towards a CHET 529 plan account.
  • Entrants must be the parent, legal guardian, or grandparent of the child born.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2014

Florida: Florida 529 Day Sweepstakes

  • Enter to be one of 10 winners to receive a $529 scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account.
  • Anyone who opens a Florida 529 College Savings Plan between April 28 and May 28, 2014 will be automatically entered into the drawing.
  • Participants without an open account may also enter by submitting the entry form.
  • Deadline: May 28, 2014. Winners will be announced on May 29, 2014.

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, 2015

Georgia: Path2College 529 Plan 25,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes

  • Enter for a chance to win $15,000 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 under 18 who is also a Georgia resident and attending a Georgia school if he/she is old enough to be enrolled in a school.
  • One winner from all entries will be selected to receive a $15,000 Path2College 529 Plan contribution. In addition, the school of the child from the winning entry will also receive a $10,000 cash contribution.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: August 10, 2014

Indiana: CollegeChoice $5,000 Giveaway

  • Indiana residents can enter to win a $5,000 contribution to a new or existing CollegeChoice 529 Account.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2014

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.
  • Ten winners will be chosen at random to recieve prizes.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 28, 2014

College Savings Iowa - 2014 $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, 2014

Kansas Learning Quest $1,000 Seasonal Contest

  • Register to win one of two $1,000 529 Learning Quest Accounts.
  • Enter by submitting your information on Learning Quest's Facebook page
  • One winner will be randomly selected on on each of the following dates: May 28, 2014, and December 31, 2014.
  • Deadline: December 31, 2014

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, 2014.

Louisiana: LOSFA 5-29 Day Facebook Chat

  • Facebook users can ask their questions regarding college savings and Louisiana's START Saving Program via "5-29 Day Facebook Chat" on May 29th from 6-9 PM.
  • After users "like" LOSFA's facebook page, they may submit their questions on the page to be answered by staff.

College Savings Plans of Maryland: College Savings Day at the Maryland Zoo

  • The first 529 kids to visit the Maryland Zoo on Saturday May 31, 2014 will receive a special admission of $5.29.
  • Representatives from the College Savings Plans of Maryland will be available to answer questions regarding their 529 plans.
  • More information

Maryland: Zookeeper for a Day Giveaway

  • Maryland parents can register their children for a chance to win a "Zookeeper for a Day" experience, a $529 Maryland College Investment Plan account, and a free family membership to the Maryland Zoo.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: June 6, 2014

Michigan: John Ball Zoo "Save for Education Day"

  • The John Ball Zoo and Edward Jones are teaming up to offer discounted admission ($5.29) from 1 to 6 pm on May 29.
  • More information

Missouri: MOST 529 College Savings Day Giveaway

  • Missouri residents can enter for a chance to win a $5,290 contribution 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.
  • The winner will be selected on or about June 9, 2014.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2014

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

  • New NEST Direct or NEST Advisor accounts opened between April 10 and May 29, 2014 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 2014TEACH as the promotion code
  • More information
  • Deadline: New accounts must be opened by May 29, 2014.

Nebraska Educational Savings Trust - Cute Baby! Photo Drawing

  • Submit a photo of your baby who is between newborn and 18 months old to be entered to win one of 12 awards for prizes totaling $10,050.
  • There will be three drawing periods: April 22, 2014 - May 4, 2014; May 5, 2014 - May 18, 2014; May 19, 2014 - June 1, 2014. Three winners will be chosen during each drawing period to receive NEST contributions in the amounts of $200, $100, and $50.
  • An additional Grand Prize Drawing will take place on June 6, 2014, and will select 3 winners to receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 contributions into a NEST account.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: June 1, 2014

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 12 $529 contributions.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: June 30, 2014

North Carolina: NC 529 Plan Scholarship Contest

  • North Carolina residents can enter to win a $529 scholarship in the form of a contribution to an NC 529 Plan account.
  • One winner will be chosen from each of the 100 North Carolina Counties.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: April 30, 2014

Ohio: CollegeAdvantage $529 Giveaway

  • Ohio's 529 plan will be giving away more than $10,000 in college savings awards in honor of 529 Day.
  • Enter for your chance to win one of 20 $529 contributions to a CollegeAdvantage 529 plan account.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: June 9, 2014

Oklahoma College Savings Plan 5-29 Day Celebration Giveaway

  • Throughout the month of May, the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan will be giving away "OCSP 529" bibs, and will also award one contribution of $529 towards an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account.
  • Five bibs will be given away on Thursday 5/8; Two bibs will be given away on Thursday 5/15; Nine bibs will be given away on Tuesday 5/20; One bib and one $529 contribution will be given away on Thursday 5/29.
  • Participants may enter via OCSP's facebook page.
  • Deadline: May 29, 2014

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 2014 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, 2015

Oregon College Savings Plan "Reading is an Investment" 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 50 $529 Oregon College Savings Plan accounts.
  • Each winner's school will also win $500.
  • More information
  • Deadline: April 30, 2014

Rhode Island: 529 Day Activities

  • Rhode Island CPAs, attorneys and advisors may attend a free 529 plan continuing education and networking event in Providence, RI on 5/28 and 2/29. Click here for more information.
  • Babies born to Rhode Island families on 5/29/14 or children adopted by Rhode Island families during the month of May 2014 are eligible to receive a $529 contribution when a CollegeBoundfund is established within one year of birth or adoption.
  • Families can attend College Savings Night on May 29th at the Pawtucket Red Sox and learn more about CollegeBoundfund. They can also enter to win a $529 contribution to a Collegeboundfund account.

South Carolina: Future Scholar Palmetto Baby Program

  • Families with a newborn born on May 29th, 2014 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.
  • More information

Tennessee: TNStars 529 Day

  • Take part in one of several promotional events host by the TNStars 529 program on May 29th, including discounted admission to baseball games, museums, and the Knoxville Zoo.
  • Register to win a number of giveaways, including a $529 contribution to a TNStars College Savings account, tickets and prize packs to the Nashville Sounds and the Memphis Redbirds, and memberships and gift certificates to the Creative Discovery Museum, Adventure Science Center, and Knoxville Zoo.
  • More information

Utah: UESP Matching Contribution

  • Utah residents who open a new Utah Education Savings Plan Account on May 29, 2014 and contribute at least $20.00 will receive a $20 match from UESP.
  • Both the account owner and the beneficiary must be residents of Utah.
  • To receive the match, account owners must include the code "529DAY2014" during the account setup process.
  • New Individual Account Agreements and contributions must be received by UESP by 5:00PM (MT) on May 29 to be eligible for the matching contribution.

Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan 529 Day Promotion

  • Vermont residents 21 or older can enter for a chance to win a $529 VHEIP 529 Plan contribution.
  • Two winners will be selected at random - one boy and one girl.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2014

Virginia529 Matching Contributions

  • Anyone who opens a new inVEST 529 account between May 15 and May 29, 2014 with an initial contribution of $100 or more will receive a $50 matching contribution from Virginia529.
  • To earn the match, account openers must select 529 Day for "How did you hear about the program?" in the online application.
  • All accounts opened during this time period will also be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a $2,500 contribution.
  • Those with existing accounts may also enter the drawing here.
  • More information

Washington: Guaranteed Education Tuition Plan Enrollment Fees Waived

  • The $50 enrollment fee will be waived for all new GET Custom Montly Plan Accounts set up online between May 27 and May 31, 2014.
  • More information

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