Be College Ready

Be College Ready_LOGO_FINAL_COLOROregon College Savings Plan is launching a new program called Be College Ready

Oregon State’s 40-40-20 education plan has the goal that by 2025 40 percent of adult Oregonians will have bachelor’s degrees or higher, another 40 percent will have associate’s degrees or other certificates and the remaining 20 percent will have high school diplomas. With the state aspiring to have 80 percent of the adult population holding some type of post-secondary degree or designation, The Oregon College Savings Plan will play a vital role in helping Oregon families meet those goals.

Be College Ready_Oregon_300x250_v1_BACKUPTo help parents and families better understand the long-term benefits of higher education and how to reach their college planning goals, the Oregon College Savings Plan is launching a new program called Be College Ready. This program, which will kick off in September 2015, will bring the Oregon College Savings Plan directly into elementary schools, with goals of educating parents about how to plan for future college expenses, motivating kids with fun classroom materials and partnering with local business and civic organizations to provide program resources that meet the needs of each local community.

Initially, Be College Ready will be piloted in the elementary schools of five school districts, with the goal of expanding the program every year, and ultimately offering it to every school district statewide. The program was specifically designed so that school districts, individual elementary schools and parent/teacher groups can take full advantage of the program’s resources with very little time and effort.

Be College Ready will allow each participating school to become certified as a 529 College Savings School. This special designation will serve as a continuous reminder to the school population, the parents and the local community about the importance of college savings and what it means to be college ready.

To become 529 certified, the school agrees to:

  • Put information about the Oregon College Savings Plan on its website
  • Share the Oregon College Savings Plan monthly updates with the school population and parents
  • Make Oregon College Savings Plan materials available in the main office
  • Host an informational session about college funding and work to promote the session to parents and the local community

In return for participating in the program each year, schools will receive the following from the Oregon College Savings Plan:

  • Homework folders
  • Pencils and pens
  • Motivational bookmarks
  • Motivational posters

In the first year, a participating school will also receive a $529 cash donation to the school’s classroom grant fund or other predetermined fund that benefits the classroom, a 529 School Certificate, and a window sticker designating it as an official 529 school.

In order to be college ready today, schools and families not only need to help prepare students for the academic challenges of the 21st Century, but also be knowledgeable about and prepared for the finacial realities of achieving a higher education. The Oregon College Savings Plan is committed to helping families, and Be College Ready can be a great partnership between elementary schools and the communities and families they serve.

You and/or your organization can do to help us raise awareness

  1. Like us on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/OregonCollegeSavings.
  2. Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/OregonCSP.
  3. Put information about the Oregon College Savings Plan https://www.OregonCollegeSavings.com as well the Be College Ready program https://www.BeCollegeReady.net in your main office and/or on your website.

For additional information, please contact John Valley at 503-378-3150 or john.valley@ost.state.or.us.Oregon College Savings Plan_PMS_URL copy

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