Most states have 529 programs, but Nappier is pleased to point out advantages to the CHET program.
- New deduction on state income tax for Connecticut taxpayers
- Lower fees, among the lowest of any state college savings plan in the country
- More investment choices, including two investment options added recently
- Federal tax-free permanency, eliminating uncertainty about tax-free use of savings
for education expenses
Seminars about the CHET program are being held throughout the state:
Through the Connecticut Library Consortium, the CHET program will be offering a series of
free College Savings Seminars at more than 30 public libraries throughout Connecticut
beginning this month and continuing through the year. The seminars, conducted by a certified
financial planner, will provide essential information about options available to save for future
higher education costs. Among the libraries that have scheduled seminars this month are:
** Hull Library (Clinton): September 19th, 7:00-8:00p.m.
** Bethel Library: September 20th, 7:00-8:00p.m.
** Torrington Library: September 21st, 6:30-7:30p.m.
** East Hampton Library: September 26th, 7:00-8:00p.m.
** Mitchell Library (New Haven): September 27th, 6:30-7:30p.m.
** Gunn Library (Washington): September 28th, 7:00-8:00p.m.
And in an unusual twist, Connecticut museums are tying into the CHET program outreach with special programs.
In addition 11 childrens museums throughout Connecticut are offering special admission
programs for visitors and providing information about CHET and college savings. Participating
The Barnum Museum - (Bridgeport) admit one free
Yale Peabody Museum one free adult OR two free child admissions
The Childrens Museum - (West Hartford) one free general admission with purchase of one
paid general admission
Mystic Seaport one free youth admission (age 6-17) with purchase of one adult or senior
New England Air Museum - (Windsor Locks) one free child admission with one paid adult
Discovery Museum & Planetarium- (Bridgeport) one free child admission with one paid adult
Beardsley Zoo (Bridgeport) one free child admission with one paid adult admission
Stepping Stones Museum (Norwalk) $2 off general admission (up to 4 people)
Mystic Aquarium $2 off admission (up to 6 people). also save $10 on new membership
Mashantucket Pequot Museum $2 off admission (up to 4 people)
The Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk) one free child admission to "spongebob squarepants 4D
ride" with one paid child admission to the IMAX theater and aquarium.
I'm not sure what special deals on museums and college savings have to do with each other, but maybe it harkens back to Socrates classroom under a tree kind of philosophy.
More info about CHET can be found at www.aboutchet.com