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2. December 2015 12:30
by jennifer
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Give the Gift of Education

2. December 2015 12:30 by jennifer | 0 Comments

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.

 

The Holiday season is quickly approaching!! If you are anything like me, than you are buying all your gifts online and will skip the madness of shopping in person.

The #TampaTrio put together their Christmas Wish List.

And I must say, I am pretty proud of what they put down. They were asked by their Nanny to each chose ONE item that would be a DREAM item, likely something that they would never receive. I'm not sure what Haley's dream item is, as all of the things on her list are totally within our reach. Ella chose a cruise, and Ronin chose an iPad. An "itoy" will never happen in our house because Daddy is a die-hard Microsoft addict.

But what I did notice was that each of them chose at least one item that I would consider educational. Haley asked for books, Ella asked for checkers, and Ronin asked for gems/crystals.

They will certainly get {nearly} all the items on their wish lists.

But what they didn't ask for, and what Daddy and I got for each of them was the Gift of Education.

We have paid off IN FULL all of their remaining balances on their Florida Prepaid College Fund!!

We had 7 years left on Haley's, 8 years for Ella, and 9 years for Ronin, but we decided to pay them off early!!

James and I had our trio when we were a bit older. By the time the kids head off to college, we will be nearing retirement age. We wanted to make sure that the kids had money for college AND we had money for retirement. There have been COUNTLESS times when a friend has said to me "wow, 3 in college at the same time, that's going to be hard on you."

But with the Florida Prepaid College Plan it takes what seems like an IMPOSSIBLE task into one that is very POSSIBLE. And my family is proof of that. 

We've taken a few college visits to my Alma Maters, and so far the Trio all say that they want to stay in Florida to go to college. Did you realize that EVERY Floridian lives within 50 miles of an post-secondary learning institution? I didn't. But this map clearly shows where all state schools are located!

But if something happens, and the kids decide to go to school somewhere else, say North Carolina, OR we move out of Florida what would happen to their plans and our money?? If we move, the child remains eligible for in-state tuition and fees at a Florida College or State University when they use the plan. That is AWESOME!! And if we move, we can apply that money towards college in another state.

You can check out all the plans HERE. There is a plan for every family, for every budget, so don't delay! Sign your kid(s) up today and give them the best gift of all....EDUCATION!

 

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