College Savings Mississippi Partnering with Daniel Tiger to Promote 529 Savings
College Savings Mississippi is joining 26 other states in a partnership with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to promote 529 plans to help families save for higher education costs. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the popular children’s program based on a character from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and is one of the most co-viewed by children and their parents.

The cost of higher education keeps increasing, outpacing wages and inflation. But, a degree or other advanced training is an important part of upward mobility. Students in Mississippi are graduating with an average of $30,000 in debt, trying to keep pace. MACS and MPACT, Mississippi’s two college savings programs, can help stretch already tight family budgets.

And, now, thanks to a federal tax law change last year, MACS can even help you pay for your private or religious K12 tuition. Nearly 70% of people nationwide don’t even know about 529 plans or all the benefits they offer to families that need help investing in their children’s future. This new partnership with Daniel Tiger will help us to reach even more Mississippians with this important message.
Savings Shootout will be at the MHSAA State Basketball Championships this Week
For the fifth year in a row, College Savings Mississippi is partnering with the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) to host the Savings Shootout at each of the 12 games of the high school basketball championships.

The Savings Shootout is a free throw competition held during halftime at each of the twelve games of the championships, which will be March 7, 8, and 9. The winner of each competition will be awarded a $529 MACS (Mississippi Affordable College Savings) scholarship. The rules for entry are on my website and look for the College Savings Mississippi table at the championships to register to enter.
Unclaimed Property Heads to
New Albany on March 6
Our unclaimed property team will be in New Albany this week to help reunite Union County residents and businesses with their money:

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Magnolia Civic Center, 125 East Bankhead Street, New Albany

We had a great visit to Magnolia last week. In fact, we delivered a check for nearly $17,000 to Pike County at that event! And, we found dozens of other local residents money, too.

As a reminder, you can always check the State’s full listing on my website to see if the State has any money in your name. And, individuals planning to attend the event in New Albany are encouraged to bring the following to expedite their claims:

  • Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID card, etc.)
  • Your Social Security Card
  • Proof of address (utility bill, etc.)
  • Proof of name change (marriage license, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If the owner is deceased, bring the death certificate, will, obituary, or affidavit of death

We will be back in Meridian later this month, as well – on Thursday, March 21 from 3 to 6 pm. We have distributed $94 million in the past seven years and we look forward to every opportunity to reunite Mississippians with your money.
Office of the Mississippi State Treasurer
Post Office Box 138
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
P: 601.359.3600 / F: 601.359.2001