From the Beginning

From the Beginning

Andrew Spargo likes his newspapers—the printed version—not the online sites. So he was reading The Wall Street Journal in 2003 when he saw an ad for a new way to save for college, called Independent 529. (It’s now Private College 529 Plan.)  At the time, Andrew and...
Doubly Good College Savings

Doubly Good College Savings

Ken and Trina Weingarten know finances and believe strongly in higher education. They have made saving for their daughters’ (Sofia and Elena) college expenses a high priority since they were young.    The couple has operated Weingarten Associates, a financial and tax...
Member Colleges Tackle COVID-19

Member Colleges Tackle COVID-19

The students may be home finishing the academic year online, but there’s still plenty of activity on college campuses. Many institutions, including members of Private College 529 Plan, are actively engaged in fighting Coronavirus in their local communities and beyond:...
Ask the Expert: Financial Aid Appeals

Ask the Expert: Financial Aid Appeals

Q.Our family’s financial situation has changed since we completed the financial aid applications. Can we appeal our financial aid award?   A.If affordability is a concern, especially at the student’s top choice college, please contact the financial...
Lessons from the Great Recession

Lessons from the Great Recession

John Heidbreder had funds from an inheritance from his father and he had a great plan – use the money to pay college tuition for his two daughters. In 2003, he put those funds into Private College 529 accounts for each daughter. College tuition was rising sharply...
Ask the Expert: The Award Letter

Ask the Expert: The Award Letter

Q.The award letter is for next year only. Can we expect the same amount of financial aid every year?   A. Because a family’s financial circumstances can change, you are required to apply for financial aid each year and the college will reevaluate the student’s...