Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Florida Prepaid through Bloggin’ Mamas. All opinions are entirely my own.
I loved college. I went to Florida State University and it was the time of my life! I drank, danced, tailgated & studied abroad. I met some of my very best friends there and fell madly in love with a hot & hilarious masters student.
|Pretty sure this was taken with a disposable camera! Can you tell? Ha!|
Donnie & I did everything together, including sign-up for classes. He wondered why he was taking out THOUSANDS each semester in student loans… while I was paying just $50 bucks. The answer was simple… I had the Florida Prepaid College Program. There was a small service charge for each class, so 5 classes cost me $50. That’s it. It was amazing.
When my family first moved to Florida, my parents decided to sign me up for Florida Prepaid when I was young and I am still grateful for it. If I had decided not to go to a Florida school they would have been able to get back the money they put in, but I ultimately decided on FSU. I left college with a degree and not a single cent of debt from student loans. My husband accumulated a hefty tab… one that we are still paying for today!
|Fast-forward 15 years.. Still going to Florida State games, and STILL paying off my husband’s student loans! (BTW: I was 8 months pregnant with Mila here!)|
So when we had children, there was no question. We both know from experience how awesome the Florida Prepaid program is… so we signed our son up when he was just a baby. We will be registering our daughter soon.
|They both know all the Seminole chants. Obviously.|
Florida Prepaid offers two types of savings options: Prepaid Plans and 529 savings plans. There are five different types of Prepaid Plans and they can only be purchased during open enrollment. (which usually runs from Oct.-Feb.) The Florida 529 Savings Plan can be started at anytime, and all you need to get started is $25. Even if you can’t save for your child’s entire college education, at least you have something saved for them. The money in a 529 can be used for a number of college-related expenses: tuition, room & board, books, graduate school and more.
Today is 529 day and if you haven’t given much thought about your children’s college education, or how they will pay for it… today is the day to start! Take a few minutes and check out the Florida Prepaid website. They have tons of options and you are sure to find something that works for your family. (& your budget!)
When my kids go to FSU (because really… what other school is there?) I know they are going to have an amazing time… and no student loan debt.