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Saving for College – A New Year’s Resolution Worth Sticking to

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The new-year is upon us and that means many of us have set resolutions like finding time to exercise more, eat well or accomplish a long-established goal. (Check out our latest GET video featuring our mascot “Hootie” as he considers some New Year’s goals.)

While I see the merit in making resolutions, I’ve never been one to make too many of them. There is one life-changing resolution I did make 15 years ago when I was hired as the Director of the GET program. Believe it or not, my husband and I had not started saving for our children’s’ college education and I knew if we did not start then, we were never going to make it happen. We started small and kept adding to the effort over the years and I am proud to say that both of my kids graduated debt-free! My son recently completed his MBA at the University of Washington and is now a project manager at Microsoft and my daughter followed in her father’s footsteps and is a first grade teacher.

As a parent, there is no greater joy and feeling of pride than seeing your adult children living out their dreams and contributing to their community in a meaningful way. I am so grateful that we saved for our children’s college education because I truly believe the opportunities they’ve been afforded today are the result of their hard work in the classroom and our commitment as parents in instilling strong moral character and a caring heart.

Since I started my job here at Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program nearly 15 years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with thousands of parents and I’ve always felt like I’ve had a connection with our customers because of the common bond we share in helping our children reach their full potential.

As we head into 2015, I want to thank the nearly 160,000 Washington families who have chosen to save with GET and I want you to know that our team is here to help you achieve your savings goals.

Written by Betty Lochner, Chair of the College Savings Plans Network and Director of Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program

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