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Webinars and the WA529 Knowledge Cafe

Knowledge Cafe logo - computer with a cup of coffeeThe WA529 Knowledge Cafe is our virtual learning center, where you can attend our webinars to learn about the Washington College Savings Plans (The GET Program and DreamAhead Plan), ask questions and gather resources that support educational goals. Can't attend a full webinar? Drop in on one of the "Q&A with WA529" sessions to ask questions. A WA529 representative will be available to help.

Only have a few minutes to spare? Check out our "529 in 5 to 9" series below where we answer common questions in 5 to 9 minutes.

All webinars and virtual meetings are free and open to the public. See topics below and click the date to register. 

WA529 Basics

Get to know the GET Program and DreamAhead Plan

Learn about Washington's 529 Plans - The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program and DreamAhead College Investment Plan. 
Register now to reserve your spot:

WA529 in the Workplace

Support Employee Financial Wellness with WA529 Resources for the Workplace

Learn how Washington's 529 Plans - The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program and DreamAhead College Investment Plan can enhance your employee benefit offerings and help your employees invest in their future.;
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Give the Gift of Education

Tips and Tools for Gifting and Contributing to a WA529 Plan

Education is a gift that truly lasts a lifetime. Learn the different ways to contribute to a WA529 Plan for your child, grandchild or family member. 
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Q&A with WA529

No time for a full webinar, but you have questions to ask?

Join us on Mondays and get answers. Topics for Q&A and discussion include 529 basics, accessing your 529 funds, understanding 529 plans and financial aid, 529 tax benefits, 529 gifting options, and much more.  Q&A with WA529 will be open for one hour. 
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Spotlight on Grandparents

Tips and Tools for Grandparents and Other Family Members

Many grandparents, uncles, aunts and even friends want to help a young student in their lives to be ready for their future - but they aren't sure how to begin. If that sounds like you - this webinar is a must-see. 

Register now to reserve your spot:

  • New date coming soon.

Using Your WA529 Account

Ready to Start Using Your GET or DreamAhead Account?

This webinar will help you and your student plan and prepare for paying a variety of qualified educational expenses with your 529 plan savings account.

Resister now to reserve your spot:

  • New date coming soon


529 in 5 to 9

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Short on time? in this series we'll tackle common questions about 529 plans in quick 5 to 9 minute bites. Jump in to one of the videos below to get your questions answered, and don't forget to check back as we'll be adding new videos over time.


What is a 529 Plan?

What is a 529 plan? Let's dive in for 5 to 9 minutes and answer a few basic questions.

WA529 in the Workplace

Jackie Ferrado gives a brief overview of why it's so important for employers to offer their employees easy contributions to a 529 plan via payroll deduction.

What is GET?

Jackie Ferrado covers the basics of the GET program in another installment of 529 in 5 to 9.

What is DreamAhead?

What is DreamAhead? Jackie explains the basics of the program.


Past Webinars

WA529 Basics - GET to Know the GET Program and DreamAhead Plan

May 18, 2021

We've received a lot of questions lately about how 529 accounts work. It's great to see so many of you keeping an eye on future goals during such a tough time. So we've scheduled a webinar, presented by Jackie Ferrado, WA529 Community Relations Manager to help everyone learn the basics on GET and DreamAhead in just one hour.
In this webinar we'll cover:
  • How GET and DreamAhead work
  • How easy it is to open and use a 529 account to plan ahead for future education expenses
  • How saving with GET or DreamAhead can save you thousands versus student loans
  • Most frequently asked questions

529 Plans and Financial Aid - Learn the Basics

September 21, 2020 

Join WA529 Community Relations Manager, Jackie Ferrado, and guest speaker Christina Winstead, Assistant Director for Outreach, College Access and Support, for an overview of the financial aid process and understanding how your savings fits into the picture.  


A Financial Planners View of Saving for College and 529 Plans

August 25, 2020 

Join WA529 Community Relations Manager, Jackie Ferrado, for a conversation with Angela Furubotten-LaRosee, from Avea Financial Planning, to learn more about the in's and out's of saving and her experience with 529 Plans.  


GET Account Owners: Making Changes to a Custom Monthly Plan 

May 6, 2020 

In this webinar we will discuss the options available for changing a GET custom monthly plan and what to consider before making any changes. Our presenter, Diana Hurley, GET Contact Center Manager will walk you through the different options available to help you come up with a successful savings goal.
  • Reducing custom monthly units on the current contract.
  • Extending the custom monthly contract payments.
  • Converting the custom monthly plan to a lump sum plan.

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News from the Nest

You can use funds from your GET or DreamAhead account to pay down existing student loans.

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Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the WA529 office will remain closed to walk-in visitors at this time. 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 details, hours and additional information. Both GET and DreamAhead Contact Centers will be closed Monday, May 30, 2022 in observance of Memorial Day.