Resources for K-12 Schools
Access to higher education is more important than ever before. A study by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University found that 65% of all jobs in the economy will require post secondary education. You work hard every day to prepare your students for this next step and equip them with the knowledge and skills to succeed and be productive citizens.
Just as important as preparing students academically for college is ensuring they will have the financial resources to be able to attend. Some students will have access to scholarships and enough financial aid to cover the full cost of attendance, but most will not. Therefore, it’s important for families to begin saving when their kids are young (grade school, preschool, or younger), so that the dream of a college education can become a reality.
Being an academic leader in your community, you’re in a unique position to help us share this important message with parents and grandparents. By partnering with WA529, you can provide a valuable resource to your community that will reinforce and enhance the positive things you’re already doing in the classroom.
We invite you to join more than 100 school districts, private schools, preschools and parent-teacher organizations statewide who are already partnering with us to connect with Washington families. Here’s how you can help:
Invite a WA529 representative to your school or PTA/PTO meeting
WA529 representatives are available to come to community events and parent nights at your school, as well as PTA/PTO meetings. Several options are available, including college savings information seminars, presentations and workshops. Visit our Request a Speaker page for more information about bringing a WA529 representative to your school.
While COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of in person visits, WA529 also offers virtual engagement opportunities.
Share WA529 resources with parents and grandparents
- GET Program Details Booklet, GET Enrollment Guide and GET Enrollment Form
- DreamAhead Program Details Booklet and Enrollment Form
Offer WA529 Payroll Deduction to your employees
More than 50 Washington school districts are already participating in WA529 Payroll Deduction – the most convenient way for families to add to the savings in their WA529 accounts. Visit our For Employers page to learn more about how you can enhance your benefits package with WA529 Payroll Deduction.
Let us know if you need anything else
If you need assistance, have questions or would like to request additional resources, please contact Jackie Ferrado, WA529 Community Relations Manager at WA529Outreach@wsac.wa.gov or 360.485-1198.