The idea of our kids attending college seems like a far away concept and it very well may be, but saving for their four year education needs to start NOW. Why? The numbers speak for themselves.
Did you know that according to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities? Scary!
Do you want to know what’s even scarier? Think down the road when our kids are actually ready to attend college. Okay, don’t faint but check this out:
Clearly, it’s never too early to start saving. Wouldn’t it be great if we could involve our kids in that process? Well…with the new TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon, you actually can!
Kids as young as six years old can now earn money for college by playing TiViTz math games online…and it’s easy. What is Tivitz? An exciting online math and strategy game that’s as easy to learn as checkers but as challenging to master as chess. In fact, your kids may already be playing Tivitz at school. The game has received multiple awards in the toy and game industry – including Dr. Toy, National Parenting Center, Creative Child and Parents’ Choice. More than 400,000 students and more than 10,000 teachers agree with the toy experts – TiViTz makes math FUN!
Check out this video to learn more:
So now that you are familiar with Tivitz, let me share more about their College Savings Game-a-thon which is fully automated and an easy to use fundraising tool. The Game-a-thon is similar to a Walk-a-thon, in that kids seek pledges from friends and family, but instead of walking, they play the online educational math game TiViTz to trigger their pledges.
Linking pledges to learning is what makes the College Savings Game-a-thon unique. Kids can earn money for college and learn math at the same time, which is a win win. Pledge sponsors can feel good about giving funds to a child who is serious about school, both now and in the future.
TiViTz creator, Steve Scully, calls the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon program an ‘Epic Win’ for kids who want to get to college. (Apparently in the gaming world, an ‘Epic Win’ is a term used to describe a win so huge, you had no idea it was possible until you achieve it.) He says “it will help them and their families begin to plan for something they might not otherwise feel is possible.”
Signing up is a really simple three-step process and there is no fee to join. Once the student is signed up and the required games are completed, pledges are automatically triggered, letting friends and family know it’s time to pay their pledge funds online. Already have a 529 college savings plan? Great! Funds can go right into your child’s 529 college savings plan or a regular savings account.
The Tivitz College Savings Game-a-thon is happening NOW and runs through March 31st, 2016. Sign up and once your child reaches their first $100 in pledges, Tivitz will match that number and place $100 in your child’s account, thanks to $30,000 in matching pledges from companies who want to encourage children to improve their math skills and go to college.*
Personally, I don’t know why any parent would not want their kids to participate in this program. Yes, we reach out to family and friends throughout the school year about donating money, but being able to support a child’s dream of attending college is truly priceless. That is for sure one amazing return on your investment! Let your family and friends know that children with $500 or less saved for college are 3 times more likely to enroll and 4 times more likely to graduate.* That’s pretty impressive!
Even more striking, according to US News and World Report, “A college savings account with even $1 or less will increase the likelihood a child will attend college from 45 percent to 71 percent.” You may be wondering how that is possible and the article addresses that question and states, “The Fed publication is still working on a solid explanation, but the working theory is savings helps with a child’s mentality when considering school. When savings build, it helps prospective college students form a “college bound” mentality—enabling young adults to focus their efforts and to make responsible decisions in advance.” That is pretty powerful and reason enough to participate in the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon.
I can’t wait to sign my nine year old up and experience TiViTz for ourselves. Stay tuned for my follow up article detailing our experiences with the TiViTz College $avings Game-a-thon. We’re off to play, learn and earn!
SIGN UP NOW AND START SAVING FOR YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE!
*Matches are automatically awarded to the kids who reach their sponsors requirements first.
**(Source: Assets and Education Initiative (2013)
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