Start Your Kids On The Path To Success With The Gift of College


Every child deserves a bright future and every parent wants their child to have that future. Unfortunately, college is very expensive and not an option for many lower and middle income families. Scholarships aren’t easy to come by and the cost of college tuition is rising exponentially. According to Business Insider, the average cost of a four-year education in 2015 was $23,872. It’s never too late to start saving, but the sooner you start, the better chances your child has to earn a degree.

Another problem that exists in almost every household across the country is clutter. People have too much STUFF, especially kids. They get toys for Christmas, birthdays, Easter and Valentine’s Day. And in some situations, like mine, kids get gifts at mom’s house, dad’s house, grandma’s house and auntie’s house. The STUFF is everywhere! As my kids get older, I’m having a harder and harder time each year trying to discover gifts that are both useful and won’t break the bank. The Gift of College can help solve all these problems.

The Gift of College is a registry for 529 savings plans and student loans. How does it work? It’s simple. Open a Gift of College account, link it to an existing 529 savings plan or student loan and start saving. A 529 plan is a tax deferred savings plan designed exclusively for higher education expenses. You can find a list of featured 529 partners on their website to help you get started.

The benefits are many:
  • Gift cards range from $25 – $200 and have no expiration date
  • Gift cards can be delivered via email or physical mail
  • Your purchase could also help someone pay off their student loan debt
  • You can convert unwanted retail gift cards into Gift of College cards
  • Every dollar saved is one less dollar that will need to be borrowed, reducing the amount of debt your child incurs.
  • Regardless of how much you save, a child is six times more likely going to attend college knowing there is money set aside for it
  • Your Gift of College registry can be shared on social media allowing for easy gift giving for far away friends and family.
The press is raving about The Gift of College. CNN, The New York Times, FOX News, Yahoo! Finance and many more have highlighted the benefits and convenience of this amazing gift.

Time Warner News gives a great video overview of how the process works.

Maribel Aber, from CNN’s HLN Weekend Express had this to say :

And in their “4 Ways to Give the Gift of College“, US News & World Report touts them as the “replacement of a savings bond from Grandma.”

Gift of College Gift cards make excellent gifts for any occasion:

  • Baby showers
  • Birthdays
  • Christmas & Hanukkah 
  • Easter
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Graduations
  • Just because!

Gift cards are great as stand alone gifts but can also be easily attached to additional gifts. Gift cards are the #1 gift in America for good reason. They’re easy to shop for, easy to wrap and easy to use. Easter is just around the corner. Pick one up for your little bunny’s baskets today. 

Start your child on the path to success now. The Gift of College gift cards are currently available online, at BabysRUs and ToysRUs and will soon be coming to Fred’s in the southeast and H-E-B in Texas. 

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About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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6 years ago

I will be looking into this. I need to start planning for my kids future.

6 years ago

Having a daughter that is graduating high school this year, I can say that we sure wish we had done more to save more. I think looking into how and where you put the money is important.

Lisa Favre
6 years ago

Our baby is still so young but I am already thinking of college as well. Not only in terms of pricing but also, what would be best for him, what kind of options he has, etc. Never too early to start planning!

Censie Sawyer
6 years ago

Will be looking into this option. My kids are only 4 and 6 but I know the years will fly by. Thank you for the great tips. It is never too early to start saving.

Melissa Dixon
6 years ago

Saving for college is so important and it can be hard to get started. A lot of parents are blindsided by this when it comes down to it. Some people never expect that expense and it can be hard to plan for but this is a great way to get started and prepared.

6 years ago

This is one of the best gift ideas I’ve seen in a long time. I had no idea you could buy these college savings gift cards. Guess what we’ll be asking for from our families next birthday!

Bites for Foodies
6 years ago

What a great concept! We started saving for our kid’s education right away. It’s amazing how much money you can save up over the years!

Tami Qualls
Tami Qualls
6 years ago

What a smart idea. I am wondering how we will pay for college. This will be great for the future of many kiddos.

6 years ago

What a smart idea. I am wondering how we will pay for college. This will be great for the future of many kiddos.

Marilyn - Social Butterfly

That is a great and very life productive gift to offer. It is so true that we focus on the “stuff” that is for right now and not much emphasis is given for the future.

6 years ago

What an interesting idea. We have the college savings plan in place but the gift card thing makes it even more interesting.