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MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS

Your middle school student is learning every day, exploring new activities and building friendships. Middle school students are curious—about the world around them and what their future holds. They are also becoming unique individuals and developing their own likes and interests. As parents, you can support their learning and prepare for the future by getting them ready for higher education and the workforce.

Tips for Success

There are some things you can do to support your child’s schooling and future.

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Invest in Your Middle Schooler’s Future

  • Help your child succeed by opening a NextGen 529TM account.
  • Make regular contributions to your NextGen 529 account–as little as $25 a month can make a big difference!
  • Encourage family and friends to give the gift of education by making contributions to your child’s NextGen 529 account.
  • Talk to your child about how your family will pay for higher education. You can research and compare college costs using the Net Price Calculator. It will give you a good idea of what a school will cost YOUR child to attend.

RESOURCES

 


NextGen is a Section 529 plan administered by the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME). Before you invest in NextGen, request a NextGen Program Description from your Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor or Maine Distribution Agent or call Merrill Edge at 1-877-463-9843 and read it carefully. The Program Description contains more complete information, including investment objectives, charges, expenses and risks of investing in NextGen, which you should carefully consider before investing. You also should consider whether your or your designated beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in such state’s 529 plan. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, a registered broker-dealer, member SIPC, is the program manager and underwriter.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Welcome to Middle School!

Middle school is a great experience, isn’t it? There is more freedom than elementary school, and a chance to learn lots of new and exciting things!

Tips for Success

Middle school is also a great time to think about your future career and what education you will need to get there. Here are some things you can do now that will help:

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Explore Your Future

  • Play Claim Your Future! to explore education after high school, future careers, and money management.
  • Think about what you want to do in high school, learn about classes, courses, and programs that you might consider—including Career and Technical Education centers. Ask your school counselor to help you make a plan.
  • Speak with adults, such as your teacher, school counselor or librarian, relatives, or family friends, who you think have interesting jobs. Ask them, “What do you like about your job?” and “What education did you need for your job?”

RESOURCES

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATORS

Thank you for everything you do to support your students’ goals! Maine‘s economy in the next decades depends on a highly educated workforce. Instilling aspirations for higher education begins at an early age and, as educators, we can help them get ready.

FAME has information and resources to share with students and families on their path to higher education. Learn more about FAME’s resources for educators.

Tips for Success

As a middle school educator, you play an important role in your students’ future success. Here are some tips to help your students get thinking about their futures.

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Invest in Your Students’ Future

  • Incorporate real-life financial education lessons. Find tools and resources via the Jump$tart Clearinghouse.
  • Encourage your students to explore education after high school, future careers and money management. Play Claim Your Future online or in the classroom.
  • Share information about saving for higher education and NextGen 529TM, Maine’s Section 529 plan. 529 plans are designed to help families prepare for college. Download and share NextGen 529 posters and brochures. Invite FAME to your school to conduct an information session about saving for higher education and/or NextGen 529.

 


RESOURCES

 


NextGen is a Section 529 plan administered by the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME). Before you invest in NextGen, request a NextGen Program Description from your Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor or Maine Distribution Agent or call Merrill Edge at 1-877-463-9843 and read it carefully. The Program Description contains more complete information, including investment objectives, charges, expenses and risks of investing in NextGen, which you should carefully consider before investing. You also should consider whether your or your designated beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available for investments in such state’s 529 plan. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, a registered broker-dealer, member SIPC, is the program manager and underwriter.

 

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