By Hon. Michael L. Fitzgerald
State Treasurer, State of Iowa
May 23, 2013

May 29th marks 529 College Savings Day, a day to raise awareness about the importance of saving for college with 529 plans. This year more than 30 states across the U.S. are celebrating 529 Day during the month of May. States are hosting 529 education sessions, waiving enrollment fees, discount admissions to zoos, offering 529 plan scholarships and more. Today, we at The College Savings Plans Network(CSPN), the nation’s leading objective source about Section 529 College Savings Plans and Prepaid Tuition Plans, have released an infographic detailing these great events. The full infographic is available online.

We’re seeing a wide range of state programs and involvement around 529 Day, which will result in more people learning to save early and often for college. “By educating consumers about 529 plans, the next generation of students will have greater financial access to higher education, and less of a reliance on loans and debt. Anyone with a child in their life should check out their local activities in our infographic and make this 529 Day count by learning something about college savings.

CSPN is also celebrating 529 Day with a $529 Facebook Giveaway. Do you have a plan this 529 Day? Leave a comment below and tell us what you are doing on May 29! You can also go for more information about CSPN, plus resources and tools families can use to make informed decisions about saving for college. Join the conversation on Twitter by following #529Day.

About the Author:
Iowa State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald is the Chair of the College Savings Plans Network and the administrator of Iowa’s 529 College Savings Programs including College Savings Iowa, with more than $3 billion invested.