ScholarShare National 529 Day- start saving for college!

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ScholarShare National 529 Day

Having two children in college, we are keenly aware of how very expensive it is. We are fortunate, in that a close relative paid for my son’s first college experience (he decided after two years that this particular college just wasn’t for him). He came back home and went to the local community college for a couple of years, and he currently attends a state university.  My husband and I are paying this time around and ouch – it is painful!  My son will only be at the state university for two years (thank goodness), so there’s that, but when we look back on how much we could have saved by using a 529 plan, it makes us cringe just a bit.

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Every year college costs seem to rise (by leaps and bounds). Not only do we have my son in college, but our daughter is also. She just finished a trade school and is now going back to the community college. Although we are managing to pay for their college expenses (tuition, food, etc.), it IS rough. If we could start all over, we would probably invest in ScholarShare’s California 529 College Savings Plan. This is a state-sponsored and tax-advantaged investment program, which can help families save for qualified higher education expenses that will arise in the future (as their children reach college age).

ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan
What are the advantages of ScholarShare 529 for Californians?

ScholarShare offers 19 investment portfolios, giving account holders more options, depending on their savings goals and risk tolerance.

Since its inception in 1999, the number of ScholarShare accounts has grown to more than 260,000 with over $6.3 billion in total plan assets.

In 2014, ScholarShare helped California families meet their higher education needs, with nearly $300 million withdrawn by families to pay for qualified higher education expenses.

ScholarShare offers a diverse set of investment options, and provides tax-deferred growth and withdrawals free from state and federal taxes when the funds are used for qualified higher education expenses, such as tuition and fees, books or even certain room and board costs.

Any U.S. citizen, or resident alien with a valid Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, can open a new account, for as little as $25.

Through ScholarShare’s “Give a Gift” option, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can open a new account as a gift or make a gift contribution to an existing one.

ScholarShare has no annual account management fee, no income limit and offers a high maximum account balance.

This is very impressive! Why pay taxes on the money you spend on your child’s college expenses when you don’t have to? That is a huge waste of money.

One other feature I really like is that family and friends can donate to exciting ScholarShare accounts (or create a new one). This is the perfect gift idea, that can start benefitting kids from an early age. Many grandparents & relatives like buying savings bonds for birthdays, Christmas, etc. (which is a fantastic idea), but to donate directly to their future? Priceless!

There is no annual account management fee with ScholarShare, and no income limit!

ScholarShare’s 529 Day Matching Promotion

There is something pretty neat (and helpful!) happening on May 29th (this Friday) – the ScholarShare 529 “You Start It, We Match It Program”. When you open a ScholarShare 529 College Savings Account on this date (Friday, May 29, 2015 from 12:01am to 11:59pm PT). ScholarShare will match $50 of your initial deposit! That is very generous, and an easy way to start building college savings right away.

It is easy to get started. To be eligible for the program, Californians simply need to open a new ScholarShare College Savings Plan with an initial deposit of at least $50 (to be contributed and invested when the new account is opened). You will then need to enroll in their automatic contribution plan for your new account with a minimum of $25 deposit per month.

This is where the fun comes in! The matching deposit of $50 will be made to the eligible ScholarShare 529 account on or before 11:59pm PT on December 15, 2015. If you have more than one child, it might be worth starting a ScholarShare 529 account for each, as there is a limit of one matching deposit per new ScholarShare account that is opened for a new beneficiary.

If you have children, I really hope you will give this some serious thought. I sometimes cannot believe how fast time flies, and when my kids were little, it seemed like they would never grow up. Although college may seem like a really long time away, it is not. It is never too early to start planning for their college education. When you are ready, make sure you visit (and hopefully sign up on) Scholar Share. Don’t forget that May 29th is the day to do this if you want to take advantage of the ScholarShare National 529 Day!

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Jennifer Regan is the owner/editor-in-chief of Eighty MPH Mom, a family-friendly blog. She is active in Brand Ambassadorships and campaigns, and is active in social media, helping brands promote!


  1. Elizabeth Sunderland on


  2. Marti Tabora on

    Sounds like a really great opportunity, especially the “You Start It, We Match It Program”. Thanks.

  3. I am so late! We have a little saved for each child in a savings account, but this would grow so much faster!

  4. CR Williams on

    This is a great way to make sure my daughter will be taken care of when she gets older. Thanks for sharing.

  5. nicole dziedzic on

    We started a college fund early for our kids, they are really young now, but it is the best time to start a account. My parents never had one for any of there kids, which was not good at all for my siblings and I, which i learned once i had kids to never do that, bad idea. Love that this scholar share is matching your deposit with $50, very helpful to kick things off with.

  6. Jennifer Heintz on

    The $50 contribution is very generous for a minimum of $25.00 per month savings towards the plan. But, I do not live in California 🙁

  7. Sara Weekley on

    I have two daughters and find this very interesting. i will be looking into this great info. thanks

  8. Did not know anything about this until now. Thanks for sharing. Will be very helpful esp. for my teenage girl

  9. great idea!

    I WISH I had money to save up for college for my kids 🙁

    Maybe one day!!!!!!!! xo love your blog!

  10. Angela Saver on

    It’s great to know they help out a little & match the $50! I need to get one set up for my daughter!

  11. I sure wish I had done something like this for my son. He is in his last year and it has certainly be a financial strain on us. Worth it by all means, but a strain.

  12. This looks like a very great program for savings of college funds for the future of children. I thank you for supporting such a program and informing the public of how to go about getting involved.

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