It's hard to believe it has been over 25 years! I am an elementary school teacher and first heard about the program from a coworker. After doing a little research, my husband and I decided to open an account for our son. Six years later, when our daughter was born, we also enrolled her in the program.

We had always hoped for our children to attend college. The CollegeAdvantage plan helped make this dream a reality. I regularly deposited a portion of my paycheck into our children's accounts. By making this a routine part of our budget, it was a relatively painless and effective way to help our children afford a college education. In addition, monetary gifts from family and friends were also deposited into these accounts. From an early age, both of our children knew that they would attend college and often heard us say, "An education is something that can never be taken away from you."

Our son graduated from The Ohio State University where he received a bachelor's degree in international studies. He later obtained a business degree from Governor's University. He is currently employed as a manager with FedEx in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Our daughter also attended The Ohio State University. While on campus, she was employed part time at the Digital Union, helping staff and students with technology projects. She also acquired a few academic scholarships. With the bulk of her college expenses being covered by her CollegeAdvantage savings, she was able to attend OSU for five years. During this time, she earned two degrees. She received a marketing degree from the Max Fisher College of Business and also earned a BA in communication technology. In 2010, she graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University. As an added bonus, she was awarded an internship with AESU, an alumni travel group, and spent five weeks traveling with and videotaping the group in Europe. She is currently employed as an associate consultant at HMB, a business technology firm in Columbus, Ohio.

Dennis is now retired, and I will retire in June after 35 years in education. We do not yet have grandchildren, but plan to open CollegeAdvantage accounts in the future. Enrolling our children in this plan was one of the best decisions we've made.

I certainly recommend CollegeAdvantage to others.

Diana and Dennis Copp

Kenton, Ohio

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