On average, a recipient of a college degree can expect to earn an extra $1 million
dollars over a lifetime. Help give your children every advantage with Nebraska’s
College Savings Plans. The plans make saving for college simple and affordable.
They offer tax-saving advantages and provide multiple investment options—helping
you make higher education a reality for your children.
The college savings plans are qualified tuition programs under Section 529 of the
Internal Revenue Code, which governs all state programs. There are four plans within
the Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust – NEST Direct College Savings Plan,
NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and
the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as the
Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as the Program Manager, and
all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council.
Nebraska’s 529 Program began in 2001 to encourage parents and grandparents to save
for their children’s college expenses. The plans allow tax-free investments as you
save for college, and qualified withdrawals for higher education expenses are federal
and state income tax-free. Account owners also qualify for up to a $5,000 Nebraska
state income tax deduction. Funds can be used at eligible schools nationwide and
some foreign schools.
The Nebraska College Savings Plans are designed to meet the needs of every family
and every budget. For more information call 402-471-2455, or contact your financial
2013 NEST/CSP 'Why I Want to Go to College' Essay Contest Winners
May 20, 2013
Eight Nebraska seventh and eighth graders were recognized Sunday at Werner Park in Papillion for their winning entries in the Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust (NEST) 2013 essay contest, “Why I Want to Go to College.”
The winners were congratulated by State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Trustee of NEST, before the start of the game between the Omaha Storm Chasers and Las Vegas 51s. Each winner was introduced to the crowd over the loudspeaker and given a certificate from Treasurer Stenberg. One winner from Nebraska and three from outside the state were unable to attend.
State Treasurer Stenberg Announces $14,000 in College Savings Plan Scholarships
for Nebraska High School Students
February 7, 2013
State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced today that the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST)
will award $14,000 in college savings plan scholarships to Nebraska high school students who are on
winning teams in the Personal Finance Challenge competition.
The four members of the first-place team in the 2013 Personal Finance Challenge each will receive
a $2,000 scholarship for a NEST college savings plan. The four members of the second-place team will
each receive a $1,000 scholarship for a NEST savings account, and the four members of the third-place
team will each receive $500 toward a NEST savings account.
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