You give. We give. It all adds up to greater savings.

We don't just talk the talk. NEST is committed to doing our part to help more children achieve their dreams of a college education. We offer scholarships, contests and drawings regularly — check back often to see the latest opportunities to save more.

Current NEST 529 scholarships, contests and bonuses

Young Beneficiary New Account $100 Bonus

Be one of the first 100 individuals to open and contribute to a new account for a child who is eight years old or younger between May 26 and September 30, 2016 with Promo Code "YOUNG2016", and receive a $100 Bonus contribution into your new account.

Click here for official rules and instructions.

Fantastic Future Me Tour Bonus and Drawings

Children dream of their future with the Fantastic Future Me exhibit and parents can help them save for those dreams. NEST is sponsoring the Fantastic Future Me Tour stopping at museums and libraries across the state of Nebraska. The first 50 new NEST Direct and NEST Advisor College Savings Plan accounts that are opened using the city-specific Promo Code will receive a $25 bonus contribution and a NEST Dream Bank. All new account owners will also be entered to win one $1000 scholarship per city! Click here for official rules and instructions.

Big Dreams $20K Giveaway

As the Official Sponsor of Big Dreams, NEST is giving away a $5,000 contribution into each of four NEST 529 College Savings accounts for a child 10 years old or younger. Entering is easy...Just fill out the entry form at or send in a postcard by July 31, 2016.

Click here for rules.

NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing

Share a glimpse of farm life with us! Nebraska residents can submit a fun farm photo of a child 13 year old or younger by June 30, 2016, to be eligible for a drawing to win a NEST College Savings Plan contribution.

Six winners will be drawn to receive $1,000 each!

Click here for rules.

Why I Want to Go to College

"Why I Want to Go to College" writing contest for a chance to win a Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) scholarship and a ticket to the May 1 Storm Chasers game at Werner Park in Papillion.

Click here for rules.

Kids Savings Program $25 Bonus

Children in Nebraska will learn the importance of saving by making deposits into their minor savings account at a participating First National or affiliate bank. After a child makes a deposit of $5 or more on each of five visits into his or her minor savings account (for a minimum total of $25), the child will be eligible to receive a $25 bonus into his or her NEST Direct College Savings Plan account. Notification of eligibility will arrive by mail after the first deposit.

Click here for official rules and instructions.

2015 completed scholarships:

  • Fantastic Future Me Tour Bonus and Drawings
  • Draw Your Dreams
  • Big Dreams $10K Giveaway
  • AIP Bonus
  • $100 Bonus for Kids 8 and Younger
  • Dear Grandchild
  • NEST Read to Win $529 Drawing
  • NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing
  • Teach Children to Save $529 Drawing
  • Teddy Bear Weekend Drawing
  • Baby Love Essentials Drawing
  • Why I Want to Go to College Essay Contest



Upromise®: Help turn everyday purchases into money for college

Upromise1 is a free to join rewards program that can turn everyday purchases - from shopping online to dining out, from booking travel to buying groceries - into cash back for college. A percentage of your eligible spending will be deposited into your Upromise account. You can link your Upromise account to your NEST Direct Plan account and have your college savings automatically transferred.

Click here to learn more about Upromise


1Upromise is an optional service offered by Upromise, Inc., is separate from the Plan and is not affiliated with First National Bank of Omaha or the State of Nebraska. Transfers from Upromise to a Plan account are subject to a $25 minimum. Terms and conditions apply to the Upromise service. Participating companies, contribution levels and terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice. Upromise is a registered service mark of Upromise, Inc.