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4 Ways to Give the Gift of College Savings (U.S. News & World Report)

US News & World Report article | Saving for College

The US News and World Report recently featured a Durham, NC grandfather who is helping his family save for college. Instead of giving physical gifts during the holiday season, he is contributing money to his grandson’s college savings plan each year. And, he’s not alone. According to the article, 84% of parents would prefer that their children receive money for college in place of physical gifts during the holidays.

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College Tuition Is a Stocking Stuffer?

Tuition As A Stocking Stuffer

During the holidays and on special occasions, it’s fun to spoil the children in our lives. Twenty-five dollars can buy a variety of gifts – balls, gift cards and games. As WFMY notes, it can also give the gift of education.


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That’s because you can contribute to an NC 529 Account with as little as $25. Money saved in an NC 529 Account can be withdrawn to pay for qualified higher education expenses.

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North Carolina’s Savings Plan Encourages Holiday Giving That Lasts

Salisbury Post Holiday Giving

Holiday giving can be tricky. Each year children receive a pile of wrapped items that they plow through quickly and inevitably forget after a brief period of time. Fortunately, the Salisbury Post recently suggested an alternative to traditional gifts, like electronics, toys and clothes. This year, consider giving the gift of education. Contributions to an NC 529 Account can help put college in a young person’s future – and that’s a gift that will last a lifetime.

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Kickoff to Kindergarten (WRAZ-RAL FOX, Raleigh)

Marbles Kids Museum hosted it’s annual “Kickoff to Kindergarten” event, in partnership with the NC 529 Plan.  There was information about how parents can use the NC 529 Plan to start saving for college for their rising kindergartners. This was the second event hosted by Marbles Museum aimed at getting kids ready to start school.

Recorded on WRAZ-RAL (FOX) – Raleigh, NC – 8/20/2016

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Kickoff to Kindergarten – (WTVD Raleigh, 9 am)

August 20, 2016 was “Kickoff to Kindergarten” day, with Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh offering free admission to rising kindergartners and their parents. The NC 529 Plan was a sponsor of this event; NC 529 Plan staff provided sessions for parents on saving for college for their kids.

Recorded WTVD 9 am – Raleigh, NC – Kickoff to Kindergarten – 8/20/2016

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