Celebrate College Savings Month

Kathryn FlynnBy Kathryn FlynnBy Savingforcollege.com

September is widely recognized as College Savings Month. As kids to head back to school, the topic of affording college tuition looms large for many parents. For families who haven’t started saving, September is a great time to consider opening a 529 plan.

In an effort to promote college savings and 529 college savings plans, many states are holding events and hosting contests throughout the month of September. These special incentives can help you get started saving for college or give your existing account a boost.

Check out our growing list below of College Savings Month events taking place all over the country.

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


Alaska College Savings Month Scholarship Account Giveaway

  • Enter for a chance to win a $529 scholarship each week during the first 4 weeks of September
  • Winner must select a beneficiary who is a U.S. citizen or resident alien age 18 or younger
  • $529 will be contributed to a new or existing UA College Savings Plan
  • Deadline: Winner must complete and return scholarship form by 11/1/2019

The AZ529 Essay Writing Contest

  • Open to all current 5th grade students in Arizona
  • $529 will be awarded to 20 students, contributed to a new or existing AZ529 College Savings Plan
  • Deadline: Essays must be submitted online or mailed in by October 31, 2019

California’s ScholarShare 529 Back to School Bonus

  • New accounts opened with at least $1,000 receive a $100 matching contribution
  • Initial $1,000 deposit must be received within 10 business days of opening the account
  • Deadline: New ScholarShare account must be opened between 9/1/2019 and 9/30/2019

September Special Offer from the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET)

  • New and existing CHET accounts funded with at least $500 in September are eligible for a $50 matching contribution
  • Open to all U.S. residents of legal age with a Social Security Number or tax identification number
  • Deadline: New or existing account contribution must be made between 9/1/2019 and 9/30/2019

Florida Big Dreams Promotion

  • The $50 application fee is waived for new Florida Prepaid accounts opened between 9/16/2019 and 10/13/2019
  • New Florida 529 Plan Savings Accounts opened between 9/16/2019 and 10/13/2019 receive a $50 matching contribution
  • Open to Florida residents

IDeal- Idaho College Savings Program $25 bonus

  • The first 100 new accounts opened in September are eligible for a $25 matching contribution
  • Must set up a recurring contribution from a bank account or payroll deduction
  • Deadline: New or existing account contribution must be made between 9/1/2019 and 9/30/2019

College Savings Iowa College Savings Month Celebration

  • Enter to win a $1,000 contribution to a new or existing College Savings Iowa account
  • Open to Iowa residents
  • Deadline: 9/30/2019

Michigan Education Savings Program Back to School Bonus

  • New accounts opened with at least $500 receive a $50 matching contribution
  • Initial $500 deposit must be received within 10 business days of opening the account
  • Deadline: 11/05/2019

Nebraska Education Savings Trust College Savings Month Bonus

  • The first 300 new NEST accounts opened will receive a $100 bonus contribution
  • Accounts must be opened for beneficiaries 8 years old or younger, minimum $100 initial contribution
  • Deadline: New Michigan Education Savings Plan account must be opened between 9/1/2019 and 9/30/2019

Nevada SSGA Upromise College Savings Month Contest

  • Enter to win $529 toward a NEST college savings account
  • Open to Nevada residents with children age 13 or younger
  • Deadline: 9/30/2019

North Carolina 529 Plan Win Cash for College Raffle

  • Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win $10,000, each raffle ticket qualifies for a $25 matching contribution to a new NC 529 plan account
  • Open to entrants who are not employees of Marbles Kids Museum or College Foundation, Inc. of any immediate family members of employees
  • Deadline: 9/29/2019

Oklahoma Pigskin Piggyback Sweepstakes

  • Enter to win $5,529 toward an Oklahoma College Savings Plan
  • Open to legal U.S. residents, taxpayers of Oklahoma
  • Deadline: 10/11/2019

Oregon Cash for College Sweepstakes

  • Enter to win $100 toward an Oregon College Savings Plan
  • Open to Oregon residents who are at least 18 years old and have a child attending an Oregon elementary school
  • Deadline: 2/29/2020

Utah my529 Make Your Mark Bookmark Contest

  • Design a bookmark for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship
  • Open to Utah students in kindergarten through first grade, and homeschooled students
  • Deadline: 2/29/2020

Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan $100 Drawing

  • Enter to win $100 toward a VHEIP account, five winners will be randomly selected
  • Open to Vermont residents and VHEIP account owners at least 18 years old
  • Deadline: 9/30/2019

Washington College Savings Plan Facebook Newborn Enrollment Contest

  • Submit a baby photo for a chance to win a $100 gift card toward learning express toys
  • Open to U.S. residents at least 18 years old
  • Deadline: 9/30/2019


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