Parents Entered in Drawing After Receiving College and Career Planning
Information for Their Students
Thirty-eight Iowa parents and guardians each received $250 in college savings deposits after their entries were randomly selected in a quarterly drawing sponsored by Iowa Student Loan®. The winners were among 386 eligible participants who entered after receiving free college and career planning information for their middle and high school students.
The information service, SP3 or Student Planning Pointers for Parents, is provided by the nonprofit student loan provider to help parents and guardians guide their students through eighth through 12th grades with an eye to the future
“Parents are often unsure of how to help their student think about and plan for the future. We want to help them understand the planning steps that apply to each student’s grade level and what they as a family can do now to prepare for success in college and careers,” said Steve McCullough, president and CEO of Iowa Student Loan
The free service is provided via twice-monthly emails to parents and guardians who sign up at Registered recipients have the opportunity to enter the quarterly drawings for deposits into a college savings account
“I find the SP3 emails full of value,” said winner Sara Arnold of Norwalk, Iowa. “They keep me on track with information … [and] come at a perfect time with [my children’s] age group and with the seasons. Thank you for providing a fabulous service that helps both the children and parents.”
“These emails are helping us stay on a timeline that will have [my son] ready to start college in the fall,” Second-quarter winner Cindy Bordenaro from Carroll, Iowa agreed. “Thank you so much for all of the information you have provided us with [for] our college planning.”
The SP3 service is provided in partnership with College Savings Iowa, ICAN, the Iowa School Counselor Association and Strada Education Network.
Articles are carefully researched and informed by 40 years of experience in the higher education industry. Additionally, parents and guardians are provided with multiple resources to further explore topics of particular interest
The information is targeted to specific grade levels to correspond with students’ current stages. The consistent format explains why the topic is important, what students can do now, additional steps they should take later and what parents can do. In addition, talking points are provided as a guideline for approaching the topic with students
“SP3 has allowed our parents to connect to concise, easy-to-read information relevant to their child’s career and college readiness,” said Carmen Stenger, Monticello High School counselor. “While the information and resources are very helpful, my favorite part of these resources is the talking points section for parents to start career conversations with their teens. As a high school counselor, I appreciate this service that can replace some of my time spent writing articles so more of my time can be spent working directly with students.”
More information and simple signup is available at
2020 Third-Quarter Winners
Each winner below received a $250 deposit to an established 529 college savings plan account.

Kimberly Armstrong, LoganSara Arnold, NorwalkLaurie Barnes, West Des MoineJenifer Bates, IndianolaMelissa Bernhardt, WaukeeBarb Blake, IndianolaStacey Bragg, DanburyTara Cheek, EldridgeHeidi Crow, TiffinMark Danker, FayetteMark Davis, CalmarMelody Dean, JohnstonJon Heine, Cedar FallsTim Hilton, IndianolaJill Hoover, IndianolaTerri Keller, Center PointErika Keppy, EldridgeMichael LaBelle, DecorahDarin Lamont, Iowa CityCorey Langner, MilfordJuanita Loring, CoralvilleMichael May, DubuqueJill Meadows, Iowa CityPam Moos, Des MoinesStacey Nepple, CarrollJennell Owens, AnkenyChristine Pilcher, PrincetonHeather Rozenboom, AllemanQuinn Ruhl, KeokukHeather Runyan, VintonCharstie Thorson, Des MoineRebekah Tilley, Iowa CityMatt Tranel, MaquoketaTracy Truman, NorwalkPaige Wallace, AsburyDaniel Walsh, DubuqueAngie Weiland, WesleyKari Wickman, Winterset

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