The #TampaTrio go to College #StartingisBelieving

The following post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid. I received no monetary compensation and all thoughts are my own.

It sounds like a great title for a fiction book, doesn't it?

The Tampa Trio go to college.

But I'm hopeful that it won't be a fiction novel.

Having 3 children only 30 months apart in age (all singletons) means that I will have 3 children in college AT THE SAME TIME.


My husband and I also chose to have our children a bit later in life, so our kids will be hitting college when we're in our mid-50's, at a time when saving for retirement needs to be a top priority.

But we also don't want to saddle our children with ridiculous amounts of debt. And honestly we REFUSE to saddle ourselves with college debt. Been there, done that. Still paying on it.

So what's a college loving family to do?


When each of our children were in Kindergarten we enrolled each of them in the 2-Year Florida College Plan: The 2-Year Florida College Plan covers Tuition, as well as the mandatory Local Fees, for 60 lower division credit hours at one of 28 Florida Colleges (formerly Community Colleges). This plan offers a child the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree or trade certification in any number of fields, and is an excellent springboard to a fulfilling career or further education.

I started my college experience at my local community college, Manatee Community College, now called The State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota and it provided me with an EXCELLENT opportunity to decide if college was the right path for ME. Of course, we all know how that ended up. Yes, college was for me, and I have the multiple advanced degrees to show for it. Wink

Living in Tampa we have excellent community colleges nearby, and of course The University of South Florida, so the Tampa Trio will always have a roof over their head while they are in school (NO, I WILL NOT DO THEIR LAUNDRY!!)

Knowing that the Trio will have something set aside will help us avoid the stress of saving for both college AND retirement.

Back in 2009, 2010, and 2011 when we signed our kids up, we had to pay a $50 enrollment fee.

But if you sign up BEFORE December 31, 2014, the $50 fee will be WAIVED!!

The Open Enrollment period beginning Oct. 15, 2014 and ending Feb. 28, 2015 is a historic one, marked by the lowest prices on Florida Prepaid College Plans since 2007 and a new 1-Year Florida University Plan costing as little as $43 a month for a newborn. The Florida Prepaid College Board was able to reduce prices on some of the most popular plans following a new state law that limits the future cost of tuition.

Curious how much you should be saving for your child? You can check out the College Savings Demo from

Have you started saving for your child's college education?

Comments (6) -

  • What an interesting idea!  With 2 teens I am definitely worried about college costs.   Wish I had come across something like this when they were little!
  • My older three had/have Florida Prepaid. I'm a huge proponent of it, and would recommend it to anyone!
  • What a fab plan. I love this and wish we had this in our state. Thanks for sharing and I"ll pass it along.
  • What a great plan for families!! College education is getting more expensive every year!
  • Great post about your plan, Jenny! I am happy to be sharing the "Believer Blogger" experience with you and the trio!
  • Great write up! Love working this project with you and being a believer blogger with you!
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