(February 11, 2021) - Celebrating holidays with little ones creates precious memories. Valentine’s Day is popular for little ones, especially giving and receiving beloved school valentines. Due to Covid-19, many of us altered our celebrations and traditions last year. With remote learning still largely in place, Valentine’s Day celebrations will also look different.
(December 30, 2020) - We made it! 2020 is officially over. A year that brought chaos, confusion and unsettled nerves. At last, we start anew. We can start 2021 with a clean slate, a fresh set of eyes and a list of new goals. Many of us will set resolutions or begin doing things that we have put off. Taking the first step is often the most difficult. When it comes to your child’s future education expenses, the first step is saving that first dollar.
(October 31, 2020) - DreamAhead, Washington state’s 529 college investment plan, has been recognized by Morningstar, Inc. as one of the top 529 savings plans in the nation, earning bronze medal status in its recent Morningstar Analyst Ratings.
DreamAhead is one of 35 best-in-class 529 plans, or “medalists”, identified by Morningstar. In their annual assessment, Morningstar measures four key pillars: Process, People, Parent, and Price.
(November 24, 2020) - We are in the home stretch of a wild and chaotic 2020. Soon we will gather for the holidays with family and friends, amid one of the most challenging times of our lives. Although many things look and feel harder this year, shopping for the holidays doesn’t have to be. Try a new gift giving approach this year. Your children or grandchildren will be pursuing higher education before you know it. Consider giving the gift of education. Open a 529 account or add to an existing account with Washington College Savings plans (WA529).
(November 13, 2020) - WA529 Director Luke Minor chatted by phone with Star 101.5 radio personality Kent Phillips.
They talked about the new enrollment year for GET, key differences between GET and DreamAhead, and common misconceptions about 529s.
(October 9, 2020) - Our daily lives are changing in ways we could not have imagined at the start of 2020, yet some things remain the same. Fall has arrived, leaves are changing colors, the air is cooler and we are pulling out our cozy clothes. We are buying our favorite hot drinks and wondering what family holidays will look like this year. Our family gatherings might be smaller or traditions modified, but the comfort food will be the same. (I can smell turkey dinner now!)
(September 1, 2020) - It’s September, and in a routine world, that means students are heading back to school. But as we’re all aware, in the age of COVID-19, this is no routine world.
Many school districts and college campuses have altered their plans for student attendance, going “virtual” because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some are still standing by the traditional face-to-face classroom model.
(August 13, 2020) - Families often wonder what the effects of 529 plans are on financial aid and how the two work together. The answer depends on a couple of key questions: who owns the plan and when withdrawals are taken. In most cases, your 529 plan will have a minimal effect on the amount of aid you receive and will actually end up helping you more than hurting you.