GET: Guarantee Your Child's College Tuition
Please note: Effective September 2, 2015, GET initiated some policy changes in response to the College Affordability Act that affect current and new participants in the GET program. Complete information is available on the GET website.
When you invest in a college education with the Guaranteed Education Tuition program (GET), you'll reap the benefits of a tax-advantaged account that prepays college tuition, guaranteed.
GET is Washington State's 529 prepaid college tuition program, which is guaranteed by the state to keep pace with tuition increases at Washington's highest priced public university. In addition to being accepted by colleges in Washington, GET accounts are accepted for payment by nearly all public and private colleges, universities and technical schools across the country (and even some foreign countries).
There's more good news: GET accounts aren't just restricted to your children. You can open them for anyone – a child, grandchild, niece or nephew, friend – even yourself! The only requirement is that either the student beneficiary or the account owner be a Washington state resident at the time of enrollment.
When the student beneficiary starts college, GET units purchased by the account owner can be used to pay for tuition, room and board, books or any other qualified higher education expense. Complete details on how the value of these units is determined and how to use GET units for college expenses are available on the GET website.
The enrollment period takes place annually from November 1 through May 31*. For more information, visit the GET website, e-mail GETInfo@wsac.wa.gov or call 800.955.2318.
*Accounts can be opened for newborns from birth until their first birthday year-round. See the GET website for details.