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Winners Announced for 2017 Save Now, Save Later Program

Fifty Iowa Parents Awarded $1,000 Deposits to College Savings Iowa Accounts for High School Students

Jan. 8, 2018

Parents across the state of Iowa are getting a $1,000 boost to their student's College Savings Iowa® account this winter, thanks to Iowa Student Loan's Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway.

Fifty parents have been chosen as winners in the program's fourth year. Each parent will receive the $1,000 deposited directly to the College Savings Iowa account of their registered child. The registration period ran during September and October and was open to Iowa residents who have a student in grades six through 12 at an Iowa school.

"This program really helps highlight the importance of saving for college and being proactive with planning for your child's future," said Shari Higgins, a 2017 winner from Nevada. "The information presented was useful and something I can come back to later as I have questions."

Parents who registered had a chance to experience the Parent Handbook, a new online educational module from Iowa Student Loan. The handbook provides financial literacy tips for parents with students in middle school or high school.

After the registration period, entries were chosen at random from nearly 4,000 qualified participants. Iowa Student Loan works directly with College Savings Iowa on the giveaway. College Savings Iowa is the state's direct-sold 529 program, administered by State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.

Winners of the Save Now, Save Later program:

Name City Name City
Kelsey LorenzenDavenportKristin JohnsonUrbandale
Erika WhiteVintonShari HigginsNevada
Dawn AtwoodColfaxHeather KingsburyVinton
Shanan RedingerHanlontownJennifer SassmanWaverly
Rhonda SirfusJohnstonJennifer TischerMount Vernon
Michele ForemanCedar RapidsMary HauptmannAlgona
Kelly WillisWaverlyJohn FlintCedar Falls
Melissa KorellNew SharonDavid FinleyEstherville
Rhea WrightPerryKaren HamiltonCouncil Bluffs
Rosely ImlerKnoxvilleSusan SwartzendruberKnoxville
Amanda LawlessSaint LucasJason CarlsonNorth Liberty
Jamie CarlsonGuthrie CenterMary DietrichPleasant Hill
Sara LauresCedar FallsAmy CarlisleGriswold
Amy WilsonCoralvilleTami WiseUrbandale
Andrea JuergensAdelLee BrungardtCouncil Bluffs
Dawn GundersonMuscatineNicole MetcalfClimbing Hill
Jody FairbanksAnamosaMundi McCartySolon
Stephanie GenglerMerrillJulie BorelliCarroll
Andrea MastellerCliveAngela BeerCedar Rapids
Amanda SalyarsMuscatineChristina HlasAdel
Eric KovaleskiBoutonGayle ShatekMason City
Kathy OulmanForest CityRegina CritchlowCarlisle
Tim BloomNewtonTracie RogiersBuffalo
Thomas EvansDubuqueJody SturmerBlue Grass
Amy HammerCedar FallsScott McCartyOttumwa

Additional Resources Available

Iowa Student Loan offers additional tools and resources to help families plan for and pay for college at www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SmartBorrowing.

Connect with Iowa Student Loan on Facebook, or read the Student Loan Coach blog.

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Media Contact

Megan Garrett, Corporate Communications & Media Relations, (515) 273-7145, mgarrett@studentloan.org

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