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

AIP Bonus

Be one of the first 100 account owners to increase your current monthly Automatic Investment Plan (AIP) amount between November 9 and December 21, 2015, and receive a $50 Bonus into your account.

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Big Dreams $10K Giveaway

As the Official Sponsor of Big Dreams, NEST is giving away a $5,000 contribution into each of two NEST 529 College Savings accounts established by NEST for the benefit of a child who is 10 years old or younger as of the Drawing date and who intends to have qualified higher education expenses. To enter, read the rules and fill out the entry form at$10KGiveaway or send in a postcard by December 31, 2015.

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Draw Your Dreams

Use your artistic skills to create a 9” X 12” landscape drawing of what you dream of becoming when you grow up. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. The Nebraska Art Teachers Association will select 12 winners (from the first 400 entries received) who will receive $1,000 each.

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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!

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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.

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2015 completed scholarships:

  • $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.