Don’t Blink! College Will Be Here Before You Know It

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This post was sponsored on behalf of Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). As always, all opinions remain 100% my own.

I blinked. And Facebook kindly reminded me that our visit to her preschool… the one we made before we actually enrolled… really was 2 years ago. Her preschool graduation is in 2 weeks.  Just writing that make my eyes well up! I know I will blink again and find myself watching her cross the stage at her high school graduation. The time passes so quickly: are you financially prepared for their future now? CHET 529 plans want to help you prepare and give you a jump start to save for your child’s future.

529 Plans for Your Child’s Future

College savings plans

are a tax-advantageous way to save for your child’s future education. The Connecticut Higher Education Trust, also known as CHET, is Connecticut’s 529 college savings plan.

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What is CHET?

The state of Connecticut offers 529 plans via the Connecticut Higher Education Trust. CHET is open for investment by residents in any state. Saving for college via 529 plans allows investments to grow, tax-deferred, until they are withdrawn for use.  And as long as they are used to pay for the beneficiary’s college costs upon withdrawal, they will remain federally tax-free. They work similarly to a Roth Retirement account or other IRA.

However, for Connecticut residents, there are even greater tax advantages for choosing CHET out of all the 529 plans out there. Contributions to CHET are deductible from Connecticut state taxes for up to $10K for joint filers and $5K for single filers annually. CHET is managed by the highly reputable TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing. Inc., a national college savings plan leader that manages ten state-sponsored 529 plans across the country.

CHET Baby Scholars

CHET Baby Scholars

is a brand new initiative.  The state of Connecticut wants every child to be able to go to college, and every baby born in the state is eligible for the CHET Baby Scholars program. Open your child’s CHET account before their first birthday, opt-in to CHET Baby Scholars, and CHET will automatically deposit the initial $100 into your account!

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Contribute an additional $150 by your child’s 4th birthday, and an additional $150 matching grant will be awarded.  If you open the account with $175 – $25 account opening minimum plus $150, your full CHET Baby Scholar grant of $250 will be triggered. You can open your account and learn more about CHET Baby Scholars program here.

5/29 Day Celebration and Giveaway

This month, CHET is celebrating 5/29 Day! All month long, you can enter for a chance to win one of three prizes, all great investments for your child’s future! Grand prize is a $1,529 CHET contribution, and two runner-up prizes of a $529 CHET contribution. Enter at CHET 529 Day Giveaway.

Don’t blink – your children’s first day of college will be here before you know it. Have you started their 529 plans? Learn more about CHET and open your child’s 529 college savings plan today.

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About Meghan

Meghan spent nearly a decade as a Financial Analyst, before spending the last 7+ as a SAHM to three little ones. She shares simple money tips for moms to help your family reach your financial goals by building a financial plan you can LIVE with! You can learn more about her background in finance, catch her daily on Instagram and Facebook, and her weekly live discussions in her community for Family Finance Moms.


  1. Georgina on May 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Great information – thanks for sharinG!

  2. Laura on May 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Thanks for this! Saving is SO important and you have to start young!

    • Meghan on May 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Yep, the earlier you start, the better the ‘magic’ of compounding will work for you!

  3. Stacey Rodriguez on May 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    What a great program and wonderful incentive to start saving early!

    • Meghan on May 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I know – it’s really great. And who can say no to FREE money!

  4. Menucha on May 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    It’s so hard to think of college before kindergarten. But now that we are purchasing a house, saving up for college is the next step. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Meghan on May 20, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      It’s crazy to think about it before kindergarten, but those first 5 years of saving, and the extra years of compounding, can make a big difference by the time they are 18!

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