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Unexpectedly A Single Mom

In 2015, CollegeAdvantage celebrated its 25th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, many longtime account owners shared their Saving Stories and how using CollegeAdvantage helped them achieve their goals. We are fortunate to have these encouraging stories of how families prioritized their children’s higher education and are sharing them again. 

In 1979, my husband died, leaving me with a three month old. College expenses were not on my mind then, but I did receive social security payments for our daughter, which I was able to save since I was working. When the CollegeAdvantage program became available, I took those savings and put them in CollegeAdvantage, saving enough for four years of college. I am a teacher and investing in education is a priority. Investing in my home state was also a plus because of the state tax benefits.

My daughter lived on campus and graduated with a BS from The Ohio State University. Her tuition, room and board were all paid from her CollegeAdvantage account. There was even a bit left to help with her master's degree from The McGregor School at Antioch. 

My daughter is now married and they have two daughters. She has been teaching first grade for eleven years. We count the college savings plan as a blessing in our lives. We see other family members still carrying large debt from college loans, and we know how difficult that can be.

Starting to save when the children are young is the way to go. We are now looking at the 529 plan for our granddaughters and saving for their future college expenses.

Sandra Burkeen

Columbus, Ohio

This Saving Story originally posted April 10, 2015.

Posted on March 13, 2017

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