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A Gift That Lasts A Lifetime

(September 27, 2021) Traditionally the holiday season is the period from Thanksgiving through the New Year. But unofficially, I believe it starts in October. That’s when the air is cool, sweaters are back on, and pumpkin spice, apple cider and mocha lattes are at the top of my must have beverage list. But no matter when it officially starts, it’s my favorite season of the year.

Lessons Learned

(September 14,2021) When I was young, back to school time meant Mom created checklists. Keeping track of things like supplies, clothes, lunches, after school care, field trips, sports schedules and equipment was nearly a full-time job with three boys. Creating a plan and doing our best were themes my family used in everything we did, especially planning for college. 

Plans Change

(August 12, 2021) When I started working for the GET Program in 2005, I had a 3-year-old and 1-year-old. At the time I had never heard of a 529 Plan, but I quickly learned the importance of preparing and saving early for my children’s college education.
 
My husband and I were spending what was equivalent to a mortgage payment to pay for childcare and didn’t have a lot of extra money. It wasn’t until they were both in grade school, and we no longer had the expense of childcare, that we setup GET accounts for each of them.
 

College Costs Beyond "Free Tuition"

(July 13, 2021) - In 2018 my first child graduated from high school and I officially became a college parent. During our search for colleges, we realized my daughter’s dream of becoming a screenwriter was not going to become reality at an in-state public university. Searching beyond state universities was not in “my” plan. We were lucky to find a fantastic out-of-state screenwriting program that was affordable after she was awarded scholarships, grants, and loans. Of course, we still had expenses to pay after scholarships and financial aid were awarded.

Prioritizing Our Little Ones

(June 22, 2021) - “Hey Nana, I want to be an engineer when I grow up!” said one of my grandchildren. “I am going to college…somewhere!”

Each of them are unique and passionate about learning. Crafts, Lego building, podcasts, coding (yes, already at age 8) and dress-up time fill their days. They venture outside any chance they get. They find the beauty in nature and have natural curiosities about most everything.

My husband and I have five grandchildren and enjoy our time with our “little ones.”

What is Senate Bill 5430?

(May 12, 2021) - Senate Bill 5430 passed the Washington Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Inslee on May 10, 2021. When the bill took effect on July 24, 2021, it limited the future price of GET units to no more than 10 percent above that year’s current unit payout value, which is based on in-state tuition rates. This price limit will apply as long as the current state tuition policy remains in effect and GET’s funded status remains over 120%. 

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