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Win-It Wednesday: $100 College Scholarship from CollegeAdvantage

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 8, 2010 · 278 comments

Join me every week for Win-It Wednesday. I’ll be posting 24-hour giveaways at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET to give you plenty of chances to win!

Did you know that September is National College Savings Month? What better time to start saving to give your kids a little extra help in obtaining a college education!

I had the opportunity to learn about the CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan at the Ohio State Fair last month, and I was really inspired to start a savings plan for our kids. I've always been adamant that I'd like for our children to have some responsibility in paying for their education so that they don't take it for granted, but I'd definitely like to be able to assist them in their efforts, so this seems like a fantastic option for us.

Features of the CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan include:

  • Earnings are tax-free.
  • Deduct contributions from Ohio taxable income ($2,000 annually).
  • Use your funds at any college in the country.
  • Pay for tuition, room and board, or books.
  • Contribute as little as $25 at a time.
  • Benefit from professional money management by leading financial firms.
  • Save with FDIC-insured bank products.
  • Pay no enrollment fee, no maintenance fee and low administrative fees.
  • Transfer funds to another child.
  • Withdraw funds at any time.
  • Change investment options.

Those are some pretty compelling reasons to open a 529 savings plan if you ask me.

One lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win a $100 College Scholarship from CollegeAdvantage! Note that you do not need to be an Ohio resident to win this giveaway. CollegeAdvantage will assist you in setting up a plan that works for you.

To enter, tell me if you've started saving money for your kids' college tuition yet.


Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Do you have a college fund for your kids?

2. Join the CollegeAdvantage community on Facebook. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've done so!

3. Follow @DealSeekingMom on Twitter and tweet the following. Be sure to come back and leave a separate comment with the link to your tweet!

Enter to win a $100 College Scholarship from CollegeAdvantage and @DealSeekingMom: #Ohio529

4. Join the Deal Seeking Mom community on Facebook for more conversation, additional deals and a peek at the freebies I receive in the mail each week. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've done so!

(1) $100 College Scholarship from CollegeAdvantage

This giveaway ends at 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, 9/9 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use Comment Contest to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!


1 Erika September 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

I don't have a college fund started yet but plan to start one soon. This would help start it off:)

2 Erika September 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

I am a facebook follower too:)

3 Liz September 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

I do not currently have one because I'm also in school but plan on having one very soon.

4 Marie R September 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

We have not started saving yet for my son.

5 Michelle September 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

Having savings accounts open but am really interested in getting a 529 open...

6 Michelle September 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

FB fan

7 Jeff September 9, 2010 at 9:39 am

We do have a 529 in place to save for college.

8 Daune September 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

We do have a 529 for my oldest. And, I also have a College Advantage Fund for him. In fact, he started at Kent State just two weeks ago, and I wrote our first payment for that account.

Our other child is just 4, and we have one of each for him, as well. I would love to add $100 to that one. Think how much it will have grown, by the time he goes to college!


9 Daune September 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

I just joined (Like) the College Advantage Community on Facebook.

Thanks for the link! I didn't know they had one!


10 Kristine September 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

We don't yet, but kids grow up fast and we need to get on it!

11 Daune September 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

I've been receiving your email newsletters for some time, but have never "Like"d you on Facebook before today. Thanks for the link! I'll be sure to check in!

12 Kristine September 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

I liked college advantage on facebook!

13 Kristine September 9, 2010 at 9:50 am

I like you on facebook!

14 Daune September 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

I posted on twitter about this, today. Again, thanks for the link, because I didn't know @Ohio529plan was on twitter. So, I'm following them, now. Added their @ to your tweet verbiage. I hope that's okay! AND, with you telling me they are giving away a scholarship a week, I went there and entered for that, too! We need all the help we can get!!!

15 Nikki September 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

We have a Upromise account.... so whatever is in there is what we have started,

16 Marlena U. September 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

We have a 529 account set up!

17 Marlena U. September 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

facebook fan for dsm

18 Diane September 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

I have a Upromise account and a kids account @ the bank started for college savings.

19 Alesia September 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

We opened 529's for both our daughters as soon as we received their social security numbers as infants. Our current contributions are small, but every little bit is going to help.

20 Michelle G September 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm

We have a plan through college advantage

21 Michelle G September 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I'm an email subscriber

22 Rachel September 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Yes, we have college accounts for our kids!

23 Jen September 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Yes we do!

24 jamie September 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

No college fund

25 jamie September 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm

fan of CollegeAdvantage on FB (jamiejudy)

26 jamie September 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm

joined you on FB (jamiejudy)

27 Claudia September 9, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Not yet, but I would love to start one for them.

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