South Putnam student wins 'Cash for College' contest

Thursday, June 6, 2013

South Putnam High School student Nathan Criss recently won a statewide contest focused on helping families pay for college. Learn More Indiana's annual 'Cash for College' contest includes grade-appropriate activities for students in kindergarten through high school seniors.

Criss won the division for his grade and will receive $100 from the State of Indiana in a college savings plan.

"We are very proud of all our student winners," said Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. "They have each demonstrated that they understand the important concepts of saving, earning scholarships and actively preparing to complete education beyond high school."

Anyone can open an Indiana College Choice 529 Savings Plan, a tax-free way to save for education.

The 529 Plan can be used for books, tuition and other education-related expenses. Contributors to a 529 Plan earn a 20 percent state tax credit, up to $1,000 per year.

The Cash for College initiative helps families and students connect to resources for paying for college at any age. South Putnam High School is only one of hundreds of schools and communities that participate each year.

Learn More Indiana is also promoting a summer campaign, KnowHow2GO Indiana, which connects students to career exploration resources, quality summer camps and more during the summer months. Learn more at

About Learn More Indiana

Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Learn More Indiana is a partnership of state and local organizations working to help students of all ages succeed in school, complete college and connect to careers. In print, in person, online and on the phone, Learn More Indiana helps Hoosiers plan, prepare and pay for education and training beyond high school. Learn more at

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