You give. We give. It all adds up to greater savings.

We don't just talk the talk. The NEST Advisor Plan is committed to doing our part to help more children achieve their dreams of a college education. We offer scholarships, contests and drawings regularly — check back often to see the latest opportunities to save more.

Current NEST Advisor scholarships, contests and bonuses

Nebraska NEST Birthday Babies

In celebration of Nebraska's 150th birthday NEST is giving away one $529 contribution each month for 12 months into a new or existing NEST account for children born in 2017 who are legal residents of the State of Nebraska. Just fill out the entry form at or send in a postcard by December 31, 2017.

Click here for official rules.

Dear Grandchild 2016

Write a letter to your grandchild, great niece or nephew, explaining your hopes and dreams for them and why higher education will be important. Share it with us between September 11, 2016 and November 30, 2016 for a chance to be drawn as one of six (6) winners of a $1,000 scholarship. You won't have to choose a favorite; you can divide equally among up to four children. 

Click here for complete rules and eligibility.

Fantastic Future Me Tour Bonus and Drawings

Children dream of their future with the Fantastic Future Me exhibit and parents can help them save for those dreams. NEST is sponsoring the Fantastic Future Me Tour stopping at museums and libraries across the state of Nebraska. The first 50 new NEST Direct and NEST Advisor College Savings Plan accounts that are opened using the city-specific Promo Code will receive a $25 bonus contribution and a NEST Dream Bank. All new account owners will also be entered to win one $1000 scholarship per city!

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Young Beneficiary New Account Drawing

Open and contribute to a new account for a child who is eight years old or younger between March 1 and December 31, 2016 to be entered into drawing(s) to win one of two monthly $529 awards. Two winners will be drawn each month from all eligible entries!

Click here for official rules and instructions.

Kids Savings Program $25 Bonus

Children in Nebraska will learn the importance of saving by making deposits into their minor savings account at a participating First National or affiliate bank. After a child makes a deposit of $5 or more on each of five visits into his or her minor savings account (for a minimum total of $25), the child will be eligible to receive a $25 bonus into his or her NEST Direct College Savings Plan account. Notification of eligibility will arrive by mail after the first deposit.

Click here for official rules and instructions.

2016 Completed Scholarships:

  • Big Dreams $20K 2016
  • $100 AIP Bonus
  • Draw Your Dreams 2016
  • Big Dreams $20K Giveaway
  • NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing
  • Why I Want to Go to College Essay Contest
  • Young Beneficiary New Account $100 Bonus

2015 completed scholarships:

  • Fantastic Future Me Tour Bonus and Drawings
  • Draw Your Dreams
  • Big Dreams $10K Giveaway
  • AIP Bonus
  • $100 Bonus for Kids 8 and Younger
  • Dear Grandchild
  • NEST Read to Win $529 Drawing
  • NEST on the Farm Fun Photo $1,000 Drawing
  • Teach Children to Save $529 Drawing
  • Teddy Bear Weekend Drawing
  • Baby Love Essentials Drawing
  • Why I Want to Go to College Essay Contest



Upromise®: Help turn everyday purchases into money for college

Upromise1 is a free to join rewards program that can turn everyday purchases - from shopping online to dining out, from booking travel to buying groceries - into cash back for college. A percentage of your eligible spending will be deposited into your Upromise account. You can link your Upromise account to your NEST Direct Plan account and have your college savings automatically transferred.

Click here to learn more about Upromise