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Get started on your $200 Match!

ScholarShare 529, California’s College Savings Plan, is now offering a terrific incentive to help families like yours make the most of their college savings. Eligible families who open a new ScholarShare 529 college savings account, and make a minimum contribution of $25 by December 31, 2022, will receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $200! Plus, families who enroll in an automatic contribution plan of $25 or more each month when opening an account will receive another $25!

So let's get started! First we must verify your eligibility to participate. Please follow the prompts and enter the requested information completely. Learn more about eligibility.

You will then move on to opening and funding your ScholarShare 529 account. Please see further instructions after you complete eligibility verification.

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Are you a California resident?

Are you a Parent or Legal Guardian of the Beneficiary you will be opening an account for?

Sorry, you do not meet the eligibility requirements as specified in the Terms & Conditions. Even though you do not qualify for the Matching Grant Program, you may still open a ScholarShare 529 account for your beneficiary by clicking here.

Is your ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan beneficiary age 14 or younger?

The Beneficiary must be 14 years old or younger as of December 31, 2022. Only one account per Beneficiary is eligible for a matching grant contribution or bonus. The Beneficiary cannot be a designated beneficiary of an existing ScholarShare 529 account.

Sorry, you do not meet the eligibility requirements as specified in the Terms & Conditions. Even though you do not qualify for the Matching Grant Program, you may still open a ScholarShare 529 account for your beneficiary by clicking here.

Is your household income less than $75,000?

By checking “yes,” you are stating that your adjusted gross income on your most recent Federal tax form is $75,000 or less and you are authorizing the ScholarShare Investment Board to verify your income with the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB).

Find adjusted gross income on your tax form

Sorry, you do not meet the eligibility requirements as specified in the Terms & Conditions. Even though you do not qualify for the Matching Grant Program, you may still open a ScholarShare 529 account for your beneficiary by clicking here.

You’re almost there!

Based on your answers, you may be eligible for the $200 Matching Grant Program (subject to income verification once your ScholarShare 529 account is established and funded; see complete terms and conditions).

Please complete the next section fully in order to move forward. The information provided here must match the information on your ScholarShare 529 college savings account to confirm eligibility for the Matching Grant Program. Once this Matching Grant application is submitted, you will be directed to open a ScholarShare 529 account if you have not already done so.

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Did a non-profit organization or public agency share program information with you or help you to complete this application?

Your answer helps us gauge program marketing success via non-profit and public agency partnerships.

Please click here to select a non-profit or public agency from a list of eligible organizations.

How did you hear about the program?



Verification

Thank you for your application. Now take the next step!

  • You’ve completed your application for the ScholareShare 529 Matching Grant!
  • Now open a ScholarShare 529 college savings account. Open an account
    Make sure the email address and phone number that you just entered on your Matching Grant Program Application matches your ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan Account Application.
  • Lastly, deposit at least $25 online into your new ScholarShare 529 account. Once this step is complete, we will validate your eligibility for the ScholarShare 529 Matching Grant Program.

Set up an automatic monthly contribution plan of $25 or more per month when you open the account and receive another $25!

If at any point you need help, visit our Help Desk to call or access FAQs.


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For additional information about eligibility, please visit the Terms & Conditions.

ScholarShare 529 Matching Grant Program