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GET to Celebrate National 529 College Savings Day

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Annually, May 29 is recognized as National 529 College Savings Day. The goal of observing this special day is to celebrate 529 college savings and prepaid tuition plans, and to remind families of the importance of planning ahead for college expenses. With tuition prices in our state more than double what they were ten years ago, and national student loan debt at an all-time high (on average, students are now graduating college with over $30,000 in loan debt), it’s never been more important for families to start saving when their kids are young. Our team here at GET recognizes the importance of reaching as many Washington families as possible with this message. 529 Day ProclamationWe’re excited to again be participating in College Savings Day by offering a special promotion and hosting fun community events! We are also pleased to have Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation naming May 29th as the state’s College Savings Day. Here’s a snapshot of what we have in store for this special day:

We’re waiving enrollment fees!
In an effort to make it easier for families to get their savings started, we will be waiving the $50 enrollment fee for all new Custom Monthly Plan Accounts set online up between May 27, 2014 and May 31, 2014. To take advantage of this special offer, customers simply need to visit www.get.wa.gov and click the “Enroll Now” button on the upper right hand side of the screen. Then, complete the quick enrollment application. The enrollment fee waiver will automatically be applied.

We’d like you to join us for some fun!
We will also be hosting fun family events at three locations throughout the state on Thursday, May 29 in Olympia, Everett and Spokane. In Olympia we’ll be broadcasting live from the Hand’s on Children’s Museum (414 Jefferson St NE) on 94.5 FM ROXY radio from 4pm and 6pm. In Everett you can come see us at the Imagine Children’s Museum (1502 Wall St) and listen for us on 1520 AM KXA Classic Country from 3pm and 5pm. And in Spokane, we’ll be at the Central Spokane YMCA (1126 N. Monroe St.), broadcasting on BIG 99.9 Coyote Country from 4pm to 6pm. If you live in any of these areas, we encourage you to tune in to these stations and stop by our booth with the kids. We’ll have fun activities, free giveaways and snacks, and helpful information from our team of college savings professionals.

We’d like to encourage you to check out what else is going on nationwide to celebrate!
Also be sure to check out what’s going on throughout the country for 529 College Savings Day by visiting the College Savings Plans Network’s (CSPN) Facebook page and website. On their Facebook page, you can enter a sweepstakes for your chance to win one of ten awards of $529 to go towards a new or existing 529 plan. Then on their website you can check out their interactive event map to see what every participating state is doing to commemorate 529 College Savings Day.

We hope that you can join us for one of these exciting events! We also hope that if you still need an extra push to get your college savings started, that you’ll take advantage of our special enrollment fee waiver offer. For more information on the GET Program and for 529 day event and promotion details, visit www.get.wa.gov. However you decide to celebrate 529 Day, we encourage you to spread the word to friends, family, and anyone you know that can benefit from getting their college savings started!

Written by Lucas Minor

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