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WA GET Program

Give the Gift of Education

Contributions towards a child’s college savings make the perfect gift for holidays, special occasions, birthdays, baby showers and important milestones. Friends and family can make gift contributions to help a beneficiary’s account grow. Education is a gift that truly lasts a lifetime!

Attend a Gifting Webinar

 
Learn details about gifting options, complete with Q&A time. Register for your preferred date and time on our WA529 Knowledge Cafe page.
 

GET Account Owners

It's easy for family and friends to contribute to your student's GET account. 

WA529 provides two simple ways for account owners to suggest contributions to GET accounts. 

Family and Friend Gift Contributions

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even friends can help a child save for college.

 

Online Gift Contributions (Giftor E-pay)

  • For online payments, you will be redirected to a US Bank secure payment site.
  • You don't have to be a US Bank customer to use this service. 
  • A $1.00 transaction fee will be added to your payment for this service.
  • Providing incorrect bank information may result in a $25.00 Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee.
  • Have the following available:
  • Student Beneficiary's name and GET account number.
  • Your bank's routing number (typically 9 digits).
  • Your bank account number (enter your full account number, which varies by bank).

  • Check example

     

Gift By Mail 

  • Fill out a Gift Announcement Certificate (below).
  • Print the Gift Certificate.
  • Mail the top half of the certificate with your payment.
  • Include the GET account number on the check memo line.
  • Specify if you are contributing to the account in Lump Sum units. (Custom Monthly account contributions will go directly to Custom Monthly payments unless you specify them as Lump Sum units.)
  • A basic Payment Coupon is available on the forms page as an alternative option.

Open a New Account

Dream Ahead WA

Give the Gift of Education

Contributions towards a child’s college savings make the perfect gift for holidays, special occasions, birthdays, baby showers and important milestones. Friends and family can make gift contributions to help a beneficiary’s account grow. Education is a gift that truly lasts a lifetime!

Attend a Gifting Webinar

Learn details about gifting options, complete with Q&A time. Register for your preferred date and time on our WA529 Knowledge Cafe page.

 

DreamAhead Account Owners

To create a gifting page, the Account owner should:

  • Sign in: Click the gifting link on your account overview page.
  • Customize your page: Select whether or not you want to share the progress you've made toward your goal.
  • Review & Publish: Get a preview of what it will look like when someone visits your gifting page and click on "Go Live" if everything looks good.
  • Share: Once your page is created, you'll get a direct link that you can post directly on social media or send to friends and family.
  • Receive Contributions: You'll get an email to let you know every time someone makes a gift contribution to your account.

Family and Friend Gift Contributions

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and even friends can help a child save for college. 

 

Online Gift Contributions

  • A gifting page is set up for a DreamAhead account (by the Account Owner).
  • Account Owners will receive a custom link when it is live.
  • Account Owners forward the link to family and friends.
  • Family and friends can follow the instructions online to make a direct contribution to a beneficiary's account. (Minimum of $5.00)
  • Online gifting is limited to $15,000 per transaction. (If you want to contribute more than that amount, you can fill out a Gift form.)

 

Gift by Mail

  • Fill out a Gift form online.
  • Print the Gift form.
  • Mail payment with the Gift form. (Minimum of $5.00)
  • Give the detachable portion of the form (the Gift Certificate) to the student for their records.

 

Open a New Account

Create a Gift Announcement

However you decide to help, know that you’re giving a priceless gift that will keep on giving for years to come. We encourage you to reinforce the significance and importance of your gift by sending a special announcement whenever you make a contribution. Simply download one of the certificates below, type in your personal message, print, and send!

GET Gift Certificate - General

General

GET Gift Certificate - Winter Holiday

Winter Holiday

GET Gift Certificate - Winter Snowflake

Winter Snowflake

GET Gift Certificate - Baby Shower (Pink)

Newborn/Baby Shower (Pink)

GET Gift Certificate - Baby Shower (Blue)

Newborn/Baby Shower (Blue)

GET Gift Certificate - Baby Shower (Neutral)

Newborn/Baby Shower (Neutral)

 

GET Gift Certificate - Birthday

Birthday

 

 

How will my gift contributions to a GET or DreamAhead account affect my taxes?

Savings in any 529 plan account are generally considered completed gifts for federal estate and gift tax purposes.

If your contributions, together with any other gifts to the Beneficiary (over and above those made to your Account), do not exceed $15,000 per year ($30,000 for married couples making a proper election), those contributions will qualify for the annual exclusion from gift tax for that year. Gifts of up to $75,000 can be made in a single year ($150,000 for married couples making a proper election) for a Beneficiary and you may elect to apply the contribution against the annual exclusion equally over a five-year period. This allows you to move assets into tax-deferred investments and out of your estate more quickly.

If you die with assets still remaining in your Account, the Account’s value will generally not be included in your estate for federal estate tax purposes, unless you elect the five-year averaging and die before the end of the fifth year. If your Beneficiary dies, and assets remain in your Account, the value of your Account may be included in the Beneficiary’s estate for federal tax purposes. Further rules regarding gifts and the generation-skipping transfer tax may apply in the case of distributions, changes of Beneficiaries, and other situations. The state law treatment of gift and estate taxes varies so you should check with your tax advisor for the specific effect of federal and state (if any) gift tax and generation skipping transfer tax on your situation.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the WA529 office is currently closed to walk-in visitors. If you have questions about your GET or DreamAhead account, Contact Center representatives are available by phone or email. Please see our Contact Us page for hours and information. The GET and DreamAhead Contact Centers will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2020 for Christmas Day and Friday, January 1, 2021 for New Year's Day. 

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