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Winners Announced for 2016 Save Now, Save Later Program

Thirty Iowa Parents Awarded $1,500 Deposits to College Savings Iowa Accounts for High School Students

Dec. 8, 2016

Parents across the state of Iowa are getting a $1,500 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.

Thirty parents have been chosen as winners in the program's third year. Each parent will receive the $1,500 deposited directly to the College Savings Iowa account of their registered child. Registration opened Sept. 12 and ran through Oct. 30. The program was open to Iowa residents who have a student in grade nine, 10, 11 or 12 at an Iowa high school.

"The program puts into perspective the importance of being financially aware and that college is an investment in your child's future," said Julie Resch, a 2016 winner from Spirit Lake. "It was a great refresher for me as we start to help our second child get ready for entering college."

Parents who registered were required to complete the co-signer version of Student Loan Game PlanSM, a free online, financial education tool offered by Iowa Student Loan, with versions for students and for parents. Parents were encouraged to share knowledge and resources with their college-bound student.

"This program provided some excellent information for people considering loans to help pay for school," said Kevin Gray, a 2016 winner from Monticello. "I really liked the information about first year starting salaries that students can expect to earn at graduation, and how this relates to the maximum amount of student loan debt they should take on during school."

After the registration period, entries were chosen at random from more than 900 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 are:

Tamie BrimeyerCedar FallsTavis KilianPrinceton
Shawn ChestnutCedar FallsJason KleemeierWinterset
Kirk ClarkAllisonJanet KuperIndependence
Carl CloreCedar RapidsGeorge LoringCoralville
Glenn DightonVintonRebecca OttCalmar
Adelee DixonSpirit LakeBrian PattisonFort Dodge
Darin EklundWebster CityJulie ReschSpirit Lake
Kathy EvenGilbertvilleStephanie SalasekKelley
Lori GianniniIowa CityJames SalkerSergeant Bluff
Kevin GrayMonticelloMike SchleismanEmmetsburg
Jim GroveGrimesLora SchlinesCouncil Bluffs
Tracey HagerBellevueCarrie TillmanWestfield
Kerri HarveyUrbandaleKara WeinertHumboldt
Jessica HenkleVintonWilliam WorlieClive
Brenda JonesOttumwaPeter YoungrenManning

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