​I had read about the College Advantage Plan prior to the birth of my children. One of my goals for my children was that if they chose to go to college, then I wanted to start them in the work world debt free.

Practically the day they were born, I entered them in the program. I personally value higher education as it is one very important ticket to success in adult life.

Any chance I got to put money in their accounts, I did - whether it was $25 or $1,000 or $3,000. I work in a commission-based profession and when I had a chance, I would I would sock it into their accounts.

CollegeAdvantage is best decision I ever made for my children.

My son, Tyler, graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in zoology. About a year from graduation, he called one day and said “Dad, I think I want to go to law school.” I had no idea where that came from but I was all for it. I began socking more into his account. He recently graduated with a law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Fla., and is working in Miami.

My daughter, Nicolette, graduated from Otterbein University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. She loves it.

I am very proud of my children and am sure that they would not be in the position they are had it not been for the CollegeAdvantage Program. They fully understand how fortunate they are to start debt free.

What is more important they have a clear picture of the value of a college and hopefully will enroll their children in the plan upon their birth.

John A. Vanaman

Coshocton, Ohio

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