529 Plans are More Versatile Than You Think: Little-Known Uses for NEST 529 College Savings Plans

October 2, 2018

 

Author:  Vince Sullivan, Director, NEST 529 Direct Plan

Your favorite pair of jeans isn’t ‘one size fits all,’ so why should your 529 plan be? Your savings can be used to study abroad, supplement your professional goals and even change your career path.


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September is College Savings Month: Are you using these smart savings strategies?

September 18, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

As your child heads back to school, there’s no better occasion to plan for their bright academic future. To help families get the most out of their NEST 529 accounts, we suggest these smart savings strategies:


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Saving for Your Grandchildren’s Future Without Sacrificing Your Own

September 4, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Contributing to their college expenses with a NEST 529 Plan seems like a no-brainer, but many retirees want to be sure that these savings won't interfere with their personal financial plans.


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Are You Aware of the NEST 529 College Savings Plans Enhancements?

August 21, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Even though summer is coming to a close, the NEST 529 College Savings Plan hasn’t taken any summer vacations. In fact, we’ve been working harder than ever to provide enhancements to our pre-existing lineup of strong investment options.


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August is Family Fun Month: Soak in the Last Days of Summer Break with These Kid-Friendly Activities

August 7, 2018

 

Author: Vicki Sleder, Marketing Associate, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank

August is Family Fun Month: The perfect excuse to get outdoors or to try something new with your family before school starts again.


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Is Your Child Going to School for the First Time? Here’s How to Help them Prepare

July 24, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Though an exciting milestone, your child’s very first day of school can also be nerve-wracking and even emotional.


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Summer Learning Reminders: Keeping your Kids Engaged While Out of School

July 10, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Although a fun, relaxing time to take a break and unwind, summer is unfortunately also a time when kids forget much of what they’ve learned from their studies in the previous months.


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Top 5 Tips to Get Your Young Children Thinking About College at an Early Age

June 26, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Teaching your son or daughter the value of higher education is the first step towards helping them to one day achieve their educational aspirations.


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Next Sunday is Father’s Day: Savings Lessons Learned from Fatherhood

June 12, 2018

 

Author: Sean Guilfoyle

We’ve encouraged our children to try lots of new things…basketball, baseball, chess club, softball, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts…vegetables and fruits we’ve never heard of…


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Happy 529 Day! Supporting the Big Dreams of Our NEST 529 Savers

May 29, 2018

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

The recent NEST 529 “Why I Want to Go to College” essay contest encouraged seventh and eighth graders from around the country to express their hopes and dreams for the future, exploring how higher education plays into those goals.


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Dispelling Common Myths About 529 Plans

May 15, 2018

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

Here at NEST, the month of May takes on a special meaning as we eagerly turn the corner toward National 529 College Savings Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of preparing for the costs of higher education.


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Mother’s Day is Coming Up: On Being a NEST 529 Mother

May 1, 2018

 

Author: Heather Panasiuk, Director, Finance, First National Bank Omaha

“Que Sera, Sera.” Or as some say – “whatever will be, will be.” Sung by Doris Day, this was one of my grandfather’s favorite songs and a saying my mother grew up hearing. 


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Financial Preparedness Tips for College-Bound Seniors

April 17, 2018

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Program Manager, Nebraska’s College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Heading off to college is a gateway to new experiences. It is a time to explore academic interests, meet new people, and make memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.


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April is Financial Literacy Month: Tips for Instilling Financial Savviness in Your Kids

April 3, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Teaching children to be financially savvy and responsible with money is an important lesson that can often be overlooked. 


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Maximizing Your NEST 529 Savings:
Q&A with Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

March 20, 2018

 

Whether you're new to the NEST 529 family, or a seasoned account owner, we've compiled some of the most popular questions we hear from families like yours...


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Saving for Our Grandkids’ Futures

March 6, 2018

 

Author: Robyn and Jack Eden, NEST 529 Accounts Owner

Once you get over the shock that you are old enough to have children who are old enough to have their own children, you realize that what people tell you is right – grandchildren really are the best! 


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College Savings Tips for the Elementary School Years

February 20, 2018

 

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Time never slows down, and as a parent, neither do you. That’s why it is so important to prioritize preparing for your child’s future, especially as it relates to their education.


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How to Get More "Love" Out of Your NEST 529 Plan This Valentine's Day

February 6, 2018

 

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

Love is in the air! What could be as sweet as a holiday dedicated to celebrating affection? As Valentine’s Day approaches, I am reminded of the relationships in my life that mean the most, and the importance of ensuring my loved ones are prepared for the future. 


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Preparing for College in Your Child’s Early Years

January 23, 2018

 

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, Savings Plans, First National Bank

As the classic adage goes: “Kids…they grow up so fast.” As a parent, I can tell you this sentiment definitely rings true for me! Where do the years go?  


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Resolving to Save in the New Year: Tips for Starting 2018 off on the Right Foot

January 1, 2018

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

The new year is the perfect opportunity to create better savings habits. 


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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Higher Education

December 12, 2017

 

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Searching for the perfect holiday gift for your loved one can be difficult.

 


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Why I’m Thankful for College Savings and NEST 529

November 28, 2017

Author: Karisa Malchow

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday – it is all about family, food, tradition and gratitude.


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Turkey Day! Time to Stuff Your NEST 529 Savings

November 14, 2017

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Thanksgiving is no doubt one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love?


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Don’t Be Scared of Saving: Halloween Saving Tricks for Long-Term Treats

October 24, 2017

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Whether it’s creative costumes, glowing jack-o-lanterns, or sugary sweets that you love, Halloween time is fun for adults and children alike.


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Appreciating School Libraries and the Joy of Reading for October’s International School Library Month

October 17, 2017

 

Author: Rod Wagner, Director, Nebraska Library Commission

Reading is the gateway to learning, a life-time of learning. Educators recognize reading as a foundational skill for 21st-century learners. 


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Saving for College is Much Easier When You Know the Facts: Dispelling Common 529 Plan Misconceptions

September 26, 2017

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

To make the most of your plan, it’s also important to shed light on and debunk some of the top NEST 529 Plan misconceptions...


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My Dreams and Wishes for My Grandchildren

September 12, 2017

 

Author: Christy Juber, Executive Assistant, Wealth Management, First National Bank of Omaha

What a joy to have four grandchildren come into my life! It means more than anything in the world to me that their lives are better than mine...


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September is College Savings Month-Celebrate with the NEST 529 College Savings Plan

August 29, 2017

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

Parades, parties and barbeques are on the horizon as we approach Labor Day Weekend.


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Put Your NEST 529 College Savings Plan on Your Back to School List

August 22, 2017

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

As a parent, I know the feeling of wanting to give your child every advantage for a great future.


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Preparing Your Child for College

August 15, 2017

Author: Shannon Wallace, NEST 529 College Savings Plan Account Owner

In a few short weeks, my only child will be heading to high school. I'm excited and a little worried about the life experiences that await him over the next four years.


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Take Advantage of What the NEST 529 College Savings Plan Has to Offer

August 8, 2017

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

The NEST 529 College Savings Plan is more than just a savings plan-it is a community of caring individuals.


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Your Burning Questions About the NEST 529 College Savings Plan, Answered

August 1, 2017

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Chances are, if you're planning for a child's educational future, you have a lot of questions about college savings.


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Financial Steps to Take This Summer Before Your Child Heads to College

July 25, 2017

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

In what feels like the blink of an eye, your child has graduated high school and is planning to attend college in the fall.


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A Breakdown of Each NEST 529 Direct Investment Option

July 18, 2017

Author: Rachel Biar, Assistant State Treasurer

For those who want to take control of their child's college savings, look no further than the NEST 529 Direct Plan.


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Big or Small, Every Dollar Counts - Breaking Down Why You Should Save For College

July 11, 2017


Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

As a parent who strongly values higher education, I commend other parents for prioritizing their children's futures.


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Because We Now Know How Fast They Grow…and How Much College Really Costs

June 27, 2017

Author: Peggy Gibler, Program Manager for Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust


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The Three S’s of Summer: Sun, Sunscreen and Savings

June 20, 2017

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Happy Summer! From pool parties to camp activities and vacations—summertime is exciting, but also expensive.


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NEST 529 Direct Plan 101

June 13, 2017

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

Whether you’ve just decided to open a NEST 529 Plan, or you’re a long-time account owner in need of a refresher, we’re getting back to basics.


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Fueling Their Dreams by Saving for College

June 6, 2017

 

Author: Christina Kahler, Wealth Marketing Director, First National Bank of Omaha

HOPE.

In our family, it’s one of the most important aspects about saving for college.


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Celebrate 529 Day with NEST 529 College Savings

May 29, 2017

 

Author: Don Stenberg, Nebraska State Treasurer 

Happy National 529 College Savings Day. Though I believe every contribution to a NEST 529 College Savings Plan merits a celebration, today is especially exciting as we spread awareness of the benefits of these plans. 


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Welcome to the NEST 529 College Savings Plan Blog

May 23, 2017

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

In the seven years I've spent as Managing Director of NEST 529 College Savings Plans, I've learned a thing or two about the families we assist as they embark on their college savings journeys.


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