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Save for College or Pay Down Student Debt? Here’s What You Need to Know

  Americans are facing a crisis of college costs and coupled with the financial struggles brought upon by the pandemic, families with student loan debt are more impacted than ever by this burden. Knowing that the cost of college is rising on average 3-4% per year , parents are caught in a vicious c...

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Infographic: Paying for College - Americans Feel the Strain

The Gift of College ‘2020 Paying for College Survey’ gives a clear-eyed perspective on the student debt crisis that is weighing down Americans of all ages.   The data is resounding: student loans are causing emotional distress and interfering with other financial goals. And with many respondents u...

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5 Reasons Why College Savings and Student Loan Assistance Should be Part of Every Employer’s Benefits Package

A new star has emerged in the employee benefits space. Fueled by the growing crisis of higher education expenses, college savings and student loan repayment benefits programs have grown increasingly popular in the past years, falling into line among the most in-demand employer offerings on the marke...

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Image for blog Infographic: Paying for College - A Workplace Perspective

Infographic: Paying for College - A Workplace Perspective

In May, Gift of College spearheaded the ‘2020 Paying for College Survey’. An in-depth look at how Americans navigate the student loan debt crisis and the college savings journey, the survey revealed key insights about employees’ hopes and expectations for financing education through the workplace.  ...

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Q&A: Gift of College Strategic Advisor Jaime Casap

Gift of College has an ambitious vision: a future where every young person has access to higher education, without the burden of student loan debt weighing them down for decades to come. In pursuit of this vision, we seek out innovators and employers who are ready to link arms and further strengthen...

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On National 529 Day, Familiarize Yourself with 529 College Savings Plan Features

National 529 Day (May 29) is an ideal time to make sure you know the basics of 529 college savings plans and just how useful they can be.  Here are five facets you’ll want to know about:  Versatility:   529 college savings plans can be used for many forms of post-secondary education across the U.S. ...

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How 529 as an Employee Benefit helps Families avoid Student Loan Debt

With National "529 Day" approaching later this week on 5/29, it’s rewarding to reflect on the many creative efforts undertaken this time of year to raise both local and national awareness of the existence and usefulness of 529 college savings plans to help families prepare for the cost of higher edu...

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Image for blog Financial Literacy Starts At Home: How 529 Plans Can Help

Financial Literacy Starts At Home: How 529 Plans Can Help

As with many forms of education, the seeds of financial literacy are first planted and nourished at home. Parents serve not only as Chief Operating Officers but also as Chief Education and Chief Financial Officers of their families. Whether a single parent or sharing the responsibility of parenting ...

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Give the Graduation Gift of a Lifetime

While we are facing unique and unprecedented times, with many graduations now occurring remotely, and many in-person festivities being postponed – a graduate’s accomplishments are still so important to celebrate, and every graduate deserves to shine.  Plus, the loved ones in a student’s life will we...

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Celebrating a Resolution to Save for College

With a new year, a new decade and blank slate upon us, it’s a natural time to stop to envision the type of future we’d like to see and to commit to the habits necessary to realize that vision. As I look back on resolutions made at this juncture in years gone by, my mind turns to a particular commitm...

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Image for blog A Thanksgiving Recipe to Start Saving for College

A Thanksgiving Recipe to Start Saving for College

For those who may be thinking about saving for college but for one reason or another haven’t begun, it may comfort you to know that the same strategies you’ll likely be using to plan your Thanksgiving Day celebration can also be used to successfully save for college. Here’s a recipe that’s easy to f...

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Image for blog 529 Education Gifting Programs Make Holidays Easy for Families and Friends

529 Education Gifting Programs Make Holidays Easy for Families and Friends

Washington, DC, November 14, 2019 – As the holiday giving season approaches, 529 Education Gifting Programs and their widening array of online gifting tools, crowdfunding platforms, e-gift cards and downloadable gift certificates, are making higher education savings easier for parents, family member...

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529 Roadmap For Their Future - 1st and 2nd Grade

No one’s journey looks the same. But everyone’s needs a start.   Whether you make a little or a lot, utilizing a 529 is a smart way to save for college.  For each age, the 529 College Savings Plans Roadmap For Their Future explains how parents can save for higher education a little at a time with a ...

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529 Roadmap For Their Future - PreSchool and Kindergarten

No one’s journey looks the same. But everyone’s needs a start.   Whether you make a little or a lot, utilizing a 529 is a smart way to save for college.  For each age, the 529 College Savings Plans Roadmap For Their Future explains how parents can save for higher education a little at a time with a ...

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529 Roadmap For Their Future - Infants and Toddlers

No one’s journey looks the same. But everyone’s needs a start. INTRODUCTION We aren’t school counselors or pediatricians or deans of Ivy League institutions. We don’t have degrees in early childhood development or child psychology.   But we’ve changed diapers at three in the morning and inspected cl...

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Study Shows One in Five Know Purpose of a 529

National 529 Campaign Aims to Reach Broader Range of Families   WASHINGTON, D.C. – One-third of Americans have heard of 529 college savings plans but only one in five know what the plans are for. That’s according to a survey released by the College Savings Plans Network ahead of 529 Day, which found...

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Gen Zs Focus on Career Paths and Cost Savings in Pursuit of Higher Ed

Survey by College Savings Foundation   High school students realize saving is key to funding higher education Today’s high school students are career-focused and cost-conscious about their decisions to choose and fund higher education, according to the findings of The College Savings Foundation’s (C...

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Gift of College Joins March Forth in Addressing Student Debt

(Phoenix, March 4, 2019) – Gift of College, Inc. (GiftofCollege.com) is joining a national effort to take on the student debt problem in a national campaign launching March 4. The aim of the campaign , led by the 529 College Savings Plans Network, is to limit college debt for new generations by hel...

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Giving and Receiving College Savings Gift Cards

Preparing for the holidays is about carefully deciding how much to budget for each individual on your list as well as making sure everyone feels good about what they are both giving and receiving. Instead of buying a toy that may soon be broken or clothes they will eventually outgrow, contributions ...

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Image for blog GiftofCollege.com Prepares for Expanded Retail Footprint this Fall

GiftofCollege.com Prepares for Expanded Retail Footprint this Fall

GiftofCollege.com Prepares for Expanded Retail Footprint this Fall Adds board member, key staff, and national 529 partner (Phoenix, August 15, 2018) - Gift of College, Inc. ( GiftofCollege.com ) announces the appointment of a new member of its board as well as two additional senior management staff....

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