19. February 2017 11:12
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.
31. January 2017 14:18
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 speciality 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
25. February 2016 08:12
I graduated from Florida colleges. My husband graduated from Florida colleges. But will my children? I don't have any idea. My kids are now nearly 10, 11, and 12 years old. College is still a few years away but thankfully we have already paid off their college educations.
My mom lives in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, and I have heard the #TampaTrio on more than one occasion say that they would love to move to North Carolina. In fact, my husband and I have also had conversations about moving somewhere with a little more diverse climate; North Carolina, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado top our list.
But what about our Florida Prepaid College Plans?
While Prepaid Plans are designed to be used at a Florida College or State University, the plans can also be applied at other schools nationwide. Public, private, in-state or out-of-state, they can use that money. And if you move out of state, but your child decides to come back to Florida to go to college, they will be billed at in-state tuition rates.
Yes, you read that right!! If you move or if your child falls in love with a school outside Florida, you can still use the funds that you put into Florida Prepaid College Plans.
You do NOT lose your money!!!
Every Florida Prepaid College Plan is fully guaranteed by the State of Florida, so you can never lose what you’ve paid in. Also, you can transfer your plan to another eligible family member or cancel your plan for a full refund of what you’ve paid in. It's a win/win situation.
My trio are excelling in their classes. My oldest daughter is enrolled in all advanced classes at an International Baccalaureate middle school. Granted she is only in 6th grade, but she's starting good habits now that will continue to serve her well as she advances through her educational career.
Regardless of where my trio end up going to college, I take pride and comfort in knowing that their educational expenses are covered under the Florida Prepaid College Plan.
And don't forget.....Open Enrollment ENDS on February 29th, so you better hurry up if you want to lock in current rates!