Skip to main content

College Savings 101

Happy College Savings Month

pig with mortar on money

September is more than Labor Day and the start of fall – it’s also College Savings Month.

As children board the school bus, bookbags packed and lunchboxes in hand, it’s natural for parents to start thinking toward the educational future. This brings up the topic of affording college – a concept that scares many parents.

College Savings Month aims to reduce this stress by sharing information about 529 programs and the benefits they offer. Virginia529 celebrates all September long, sharing tips and appearing at events across Virginia to help families reach their college savings goals.

Read on for a few tips to get you started.


Ask for help

You don’t have to do it alone. As an alternative to toys and other gifts for holidays or birthdays, ask family and friends to contribute to your child’s Virginia529 account. You’ll find gifting flexibility with gift cards, certificates and an online gifting center all available.

See gifting options


Automate your savings

If you already have a Virginia529 account, set up automatic monthly contributions through your bank. Small, regular contributions really add up, so sit back and watch your account grow.

Access your account


Plan it out

Use college cost calculators for a better idea of how much to save, and use that knowledge to inform your budget. Virginia529 account holders also enjoy access to the free college planning center, which offers calendars and calculators to help you plan to meet your savings goals.

Explore our calculators


There’s much more to see. Follow us on Facebook to join the conversation, and sign up for our newsletter for regular tips and offers sent straight to your inbox. Happy College Savings Month!

Smart Savers Blog

Resources to help you learn

Virginia529 offers free, in-person information sessions at locations across Virginia. These hour-long sessions highlight the program’s three plans, explain the benefits to account owners and give you the chance to get your questions answered. If you don’t live near one of our in-person sessions, Virginia529 offers online webinars where you can learn more from the comfort of your own home.