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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.

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

Alabama CollegeCounts 529 Fund 529 Day Giveaway

  • United States residents at least 19 years of age can enter to win prizes during the month of May.
  • Various prizes will be given out - ranging from four weekly prizes of a $529 CollegeCounts 529 Fund account to a grand prize of a $2,529 College Counts 529 Fund account that will be given away on May 29.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 29, 2013

California ScholarShare 5/29 Day Sweepstakes

  • Register on ScholarShare's Facebook page for a chance to win VIP tickets to an exclusive event on 5/29 with "Pregnant in Heels" maternity guru Rosie Pope
  • The event will provide expectant mothers, new moms, and media with an afternoon of fashion, style, and learning about 529 plans.
  • VIP tickets will also include the opportunity to meet Rosie Pope and receive a signed copy of her new book.
  • Deadline: May 23, 2013

College Savings Plans Network $529 Facebook giveaway

  • Like College Savings Plans Network's Facebook page (here) for a chance to win $529 toward a college savings account.
  • Ten different winners will receive $529 awards to either a newly established 529 plan account or an existing 529 plan account.
  • More information
  • Deadline: May 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST

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 2013.
  • 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 14, 2014

Georgia: Path2College 529 Plan 10,000 Reasons to Save Sweepstakes

  • Enter for a chance to win $10,529 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 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 account owner entries and one winner from all non-account owner entries will be selected. The existing account winner will receive a $10,529 Path2College 529 Plan contribution, and the non-account owner who wins will receive a $10,529 Path2College account. In addition, the school of the child from each winning entry will also receive a $10,529 cash contribution.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: August 15, 2013

Idaho: IDeal 529 College Savings Day Challenge

  • Idaho College Savings Program participants are encouraged to try and beat last May's $3,402,183.62 in total savings to IDeal.
  • If $3,743,000 in contributions can be reached during the month of May 2013, a surprise will be revealed.

College Savings Iowa - 2013 $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 29, 2013

Kansas Learning Quest $1,000 Seasonal Contest

  • Register to win one of three $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: June 30, 2013, September 30, 2013, and December 31, 2013.
  • Deadline: December 31, 2013

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, 2013.

College Savings Plans of Maryland - 529 Day Webinar, Celebration and Zookeeper for a Day Giveaway

  • Parents can attend a 529 Day webinar on May 29, 2013 at 12 PM to learn more about Maryland's two college savings plans.
  • Children can attend a 529 Day celebration at the Maryland Zoo on June 1, 2013. The first 529 kids will receive $5.29 admission.
  • Enter for a chance to win a special "Zookeeper for a Day" experience.
  • One winner will receive a special behind-the-scenes Zoo tour at the Maryland Zoo, a $529 Maryland College Investment Plan account, and a free family membership to the Maryland zoo.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: June 10, 2013

Massachusetts 529 Day

  • Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority will be promoting awareness of 529 plans in several ways:
    • MEFA will host an Open House from 8AM - 5PM on May 29, 2013 to encourage families to find out more about saving and planning for college.
    • Eight Fidelity branches will be open all day for those wishing to talk with a representative about opening a 529 account.
    • An awards ceremony for the winners of MEFA's Art Competition will be held at 2PM on May 29. Prizes totaling $24,000 in 529 plan contributions will be presented to students in grades K-5.
    • An all-day Twitter party with the hashtag #529day will be hosted by MEFA.
    • A U.Fund Start U. Reading event with Clifford the Big Red Dog will take place at the Boston Public Library at 11AM on 5/29.
  • More information

Missouri MOST 529 Plan - 529 College Savings Day Celebration Drawing

  • Enter for a chance to win a $529 contribution to a new or existing MOST account.
  • Two Grand Prizes: Each will receive $529
  • Must be a Missouri Resident 18 years of age or older in order to enter. Winners will be selected by random drawing.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 31, 2013

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

  • New NEST Direct or NEST Advisor accounts opened in May wil be automatically entered into a drawing to award winners $529 each to be deposited into their NEST account.
  • Ten winners will be chosen to receive a $529 deposit into their account.
  • Use 2013TEACH as the promotion code
  • More information
  • Deadline: New accounts must be opened by May 31, 2013.

North Dakota: College SAVE Zoo Day

  • Register for a chance to be one of fifteen winners to receive a $529 contribution to a new or existing College SAVE account.
  • Two winners will be selected from those attending "Zoo Day", an event taking place on May 31, 2013 at the Red River Zoo in Fargo, North Dakota
  • Ten winners will be chosen in a random drawing on May 29, 2013 from all eligible entries received by May 26, 2013
  • Three winners will be chosen in a random drawing from all eligible entries received by July 31, 2013.
  • More information

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 2013 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, 2014

Oklahoma College Savings Plan "Happy 5-29 Day Giveaway"

  • Like the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan on Facebook to be entered into a drawing to receive a $529 contribution to an account with the Oklahoma College Savings Plan.
  • Fans can increase their chances of winning by referring a friend to the sweepstakes
  • Deadline: May 29, 2013 at 12PM central time

PA 529 College Savings Program

  • Enter to win one of five $529 PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan accounts!
  • Entry
  • Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Tennessee: TNStars™ 529 Day

  • Tickets to several attractions around the state, including several Tennessee baseball teams' games, the Creative Discovery Museum, and the Adventure Science Center are being offered for a special $5.29 rate when TNStars™ 529 Day is mentioned at the time of purchase.
  • Register to win $529 from the TNStars 529 College Savings Program.
  • Must be a Tennessee resident 21 years of age or older to be eligible.
  • One winner will be selected to win $529 in a drawing on May 30, 2013.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 30, 2013

Utah Educational Savings Plan $25 Matching Contribution for UESP

  • UESP will match contributions of at least $25 to new UESP accounts opened on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
  • To qualify for the $25 matching contribution, the account owner and beneficiary must both be new to UESP and both must be Utah residents.
  • Entry
  • Deadline: May 29, 2013 11:59pm.

Virginia529 $10,000 529 College Savings Day Giveaway

  • Enter to win one of two $5,000 accounts from Virginia529 College Savings Plan.
  • One current account holder will win a $5,000 contribution to his or her existing account.
  • One non-participant will win a new account with a $5,000 opening balance.
  • More information
  • Contest period: May13 - May 31, 2013

Virginia: Four-Year Virginia529 prePAID Account Raffle

  • Buy a raffle ticket to win a four-year Virginia529 prePAID account.
  • Raffle is sponsored by the Children's Museum of Richmond.
  • Open to legal residents of the United States aged 18 and up.
  • Tickets can be purchased online or at Children's Museum of Richmond locations.
  • More information
  • Contest period: May 29 - June 30, 2013

Virginia 529 Day Baby Initiative

  • Babies born the closest to 5:29 PM on May 29, 2013 at participating hospitals in Virginia will win Virginia529 accounts with $529 opening balances.
  • More information

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

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Posted 2013-05-06