CARSON CITY – The Nevada State Treasurer’s Office reminds Nevada families that it’s time to claim their child’s Kick Start account. Over 35,000 kindergarten students entering public school this year across Nevada will receive an automatic deposit of $50 in their Kick Start accounts. Previous kindergarten classes, beginning in 2013, could also become eligible for benefits the program may provide in the future, so all Kick Start participants are encouraged to claim their accounts.
“As the new school year begins, it provides the opportunity for such an important program to continue,” Dan Schwartz, Nevada State Treasurer said. “Nevada College Kick Start has become an essential part of the education culture in our state.”
The Nevada College Kick Start Program currently has about 170,400 established accounts. The concept behind the Kick Start Program is that it plays an important role in creating a “college-going culture”, by planting a seed in the minds of Nevada kindergartners and their parents that attending and graduating from an institution of higher learning is a goal within reach.
“As the cost of a college education increases, it’s more important than ever to begin saving,” Schwartz said. “Saving for college can be an intimidating task, but we want Nevadans to know they have support and access to many plans and programs, including the Nevada College Kick Start Program.”
To claim the account, visit the portal at: www.NV529.org. Registering on the portal also allows families to easily open and/or link an existing Nevada 529 college savings plan to the Kick Start account.
“You can claim your child’s account until the time he or she enters 5th grade,” Schwartz said. “So don’t delay and claim your money today!”
To activate a Kick Start account, families will need their child’s Kick Start ID number, which can be found at collegekickstart.nv.gov. If you have any questions or need help locating your child’s Kick Start ID number, please call (702) 486-4141 option 4.
Other plans offered by the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office include the Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program, SSGA Upromise 529 Plan, the Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan, the USAA 529 College Savings Plan, Putnam 529 for America, and Wealthfront 529 College Savings Plan.
To learn more about any of these programs, please visit www.NV529.org.