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College Savings
‘A penny saved’

Enjoy this three-minute video of a modern-day Ben Franklin sharing his thoughts about money with Nebraska fourth graders as part of the annual Teach Children to Save Day. The American Bankers Association created the Teach Children to Save program in 1997 to teach children the value of saving money and spending wisely. The program is sponsored in Nebraska by First National Bank and the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST). Ben Franklin is portrayed by Council Bluffs, Iowa, CPA David Overholtzer. To inquire about a visit by Ben Franklin to your fourth grade classroom in 2015, contact NEST at

NEST Nationally Recognized
College Savings Program

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 $10,000 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 advisor.

Saving for College with NEST

The Butterfields of Hickman tell about saving for college through the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) and Treasurer Stenberg talks about our excellent NEST plans on this back-to-school feature broadcast Aug. 19 on KOLN-KGIN TV.