Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarship Program 2017

It's that time of year! I'm seeing photos of my friends' kids graduating from 5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade and college! 

This year has FLOWN by. Earlier this year I talked about how I needed to open a 529 account for the #TampaTrio. Well, time slipped away from me, until TODAY!! Today I finally did it!! And while it's true that I am a Florida Prepaid College Plan Believer Blogger, I am also a very loyal customer!

Yes, they all have Florida Prepaid accounts, but my husband and I wanted to doubly make sure that there would be enough funds for them to do whatever they need to do while they are earning their degrees. And the 529 Plans can be used towards graduate school, and if my kids take after me at all, they will all end up earning advanced degrees.

So today I finally sat down and I did it. They are all signed up!

 

 

So now that I have finished that task, I'm here to tell you about a super cool opportunity for you to win a $529 scholarship for your kids!

The Florida 529 Savings Plan Scholarship Program will award 10 winners a $529 Scholarship deposited into a Florida 529 Savings Plan account, that’s a FREE $529 towards your child’s college education!  That's pretty sweet! And did you know that May 29 is celebrated nationwide as 529 College Savings Day.

I just love that. It's like May the Fourth Be with You! LOL. Makes me smile every single time.

 

Here’s the 411 on the 529:

How do you enter to win 1 of 10 Scholarships from Florida Prepaid College Plans?

It's SUPER EASY. First, go to Florida529SavingsPlanScholarship.com

There you'll get chances to earn extra entries by answering questions, learning more about saving for college and sharing on social media.

How often can you enter?

You can keep coming back to the site every day to learn more and get extra chances to win!

When does the giveaway period end? When do I have to enter by?

You can enter to WIN every day NOW through June 11, 2017.

Who can enter to WIN 1 of 10 Florida Prepaid Scholarships?

Florida residents over the age of 18.

Want to get started with a Florida Prepaid 529 Plan?

Visit Florida Prepaid College Plans online.

The Florida 529 Savings Plan lets families avoid debt by saving at their own pace for college expenses, from tuition and fees to housing and books. Your family can contribute as much and as often as desired, and accounts can be opened at any time.

There is no minimum contribution to open a Florida 529 Savings account, and there are no application fees. This makes the Florida 529 Savings Plan one of the most affordable ways for families to save for college.  That means you can get started saving for your child’s future with whatever amount you choose!  There is no minimum contribution!  I'll tell you what I started with. I did a $100 initial contribution and then a $100 monthly contribution for EACH kid. The hardest part for me was picking how I wanted the money invested. I wanted to be safe, yet with a high return. I'm typically pretty good with my investments, so we'll see how well I did come this time next year. 

Don’t forget to enter to win one of those 10 Florida Prepaid Foundation Scholarships

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Florida PrePaid Open Enrollment ends SOON

You don't want to miss out on the reduced application fee for the Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan!! Depending on how many children you have, this can be a very significant savings. I have three kids. But you already know that. And you already know that I have Florida Prepaid accounts for all 3. You also know that my husband and I have worked very hard to pay those accounts off in full. 

But what would happen if our family decided to move out of state (say to North Carolina) but the kids decided that they wanted to come back to attend college in Florida? Would we lose all that money? The answer is NO. But not only that, the kids (or their parents, cough cough) would be billed at in-state tuition rates when using their plan at a Florida college or state university. That's pretty huge in my mind. With so much that Florida has to offer, it wouldn't surprise me if the kids wanted to come back here to go to college (of course, that's provided we ever move out of state, which who knows?!?!)

But it does give me a great deal of comfort knowing that the kids can always come back to Florida and receive Florida tuition rates, which is a HUGE savings. Plus you can save MORE when you enroll your kids by FEBRUARY 28.  

Use Promo CodeBLOG1617 and save 50% off your application when you enroll. For more information, visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com.

 

 

Summer is nearly upon us

How is it already the end of the first full week of February? I just can't even wrap my brain around how quickly this school year has gone by.

What really hit home for me was that last week I registered the #TampaTrio for a week at a specialty summer camp of their choosing. They'll all attend a traditional summer camp, but each year we allow them to each pick one week away from home. Consistently the girls have always picked a week at Girl Scout Camp. But this year, this year is something new for them, and it really shows me that they are growing up and becoming their own unique little people with huge ideas and an eye towards the future.

I know I mentioned that my oldest daughter, 7th grade Haley qualified to take the ACT as part of the Duke TIP program. We received her scores last month and YES she scored high enough to attend one of the Duke Summer Programs. It's a 3 week residential program at Rollins College. She was most interested in the program From Wonderland to Hogwarts which is a creative writing program. But as we sat and discussed her options, she decided that she'd rather attend BAND CAMP!! Yes, band camp. After lots of research she (we) decided on the music program offered at Stetson University.

My sweet little flautist. She has really come into her own this year and I am so proud of her.

And my Ella girl, she decided that she wanted to go to my Alma Mater, Eckerd College and attend their Summer Science Splash program! 

 

Ella's choice of camp took me by surprise. I know she enjoys science, but to attend a week long science camp? I didn't think she had it in her. I thought for sure she'd be much more interested in attending a drama or modeling camp. I'm proud of her for stepping outside her comfort zone and giving something new a try. 

And we're still working on choosing the right camp for Ronin. Last year he did an ID Tech program and he LOVED it!! But it's the same program this year, and ugh. I don't think I can handle another summer of MINECRAFT!! So I'm the hunt for the perfect camp for Ronin.

So as I sit here and reflect upon how much academic and personal growth my trio have made, I can't help but shake my head in awe and disbelief. Are they perfect students? No. Do they often forget to turn in assignments or study for a test. Yes. But I really try to let them know that these are the years (middle school) where they can feel safe to "fall forward." Now is the time where I am trying to teach them about good study habits and work ethics. 

It's not going to be too long before they head off to college. I've talked about it many times on the blog, but I'm so happy we did the Florida Prepaid College Plan for all 3 kids. 

I have no idea what path in life they will travel, but I'm happy to know that I have provided them with the tools to get there.

There are so many benefits to starting a Florida PrePaid Plan. With the years flying by as quickly as they are, don't put off starting a Florida PrePaid Plan for your kids! 

Florida Pre-Paid Open Enrollment ends February 28.  Use Promo Code BLOG1617and save 50% off your application when you enroll. For more information, visit www.myfloridaprepaid.com