Articles and CSF Mentions

CSF Chair Vivian Tsai on Mottek on Money about survey results and smart strategies for saving

October 26, 2020

KNX-AM Los Angeles  CSF Chair Vivian Tsai told KNX-AM Host Frank Mottek of "Mottek on Money" about the results of CSF's annual survey of parents, smart strategies for saving early and often, and the benefits and flexibility of 529 higher education savings plans for the entire family. Continue Reading...

Money Life with Chuck Jaffe

September 30, 2020

CSF Chair Vivian Tsai spoke with Chuck Jaffe, host of "Money Life with Chuck Jaffe" ( about the findings of CSF's Parents Survey:  how their children's higher education plans and careers and study plans have been changed by COVID, how their perceptions of higher ed are broadening beyond traditional 4-year colleges, and Continue Reading...

COVID-19 Impacts Higher Ed Plans, Career Paths and Financing According to Survey of Parents by College Savings Foundation

September 17, 2020

Half of parents balk at full tuition for online courses; 89% want discounts Washington, DC, September 18 – For students and their families heading to higher education this fall, COVID-19 has made a mighty impact on their education paths, their career plans and their financing decisions. A survey of nearly Continue Reading...

CSF Chair, Vivian Tsai, interview with Ellenbecker Investment Group Wealth Advisors

September 9, 2020

Vivian Tsai, CSF Chair, is interviewed on WISN AM1130 by the Ellenbecker Investment Group in a wide ranging discussion of how COVID-19 has changed high school students’ higher education and career choices, how higher education may change with online learning, and the enduring importance of saving in 529s. Here is Continue Reading...

WUSA-TV interviewed College Savings Foundation Chair Vivian Tsai

July 23, 2020

WUSA-TV: College Savings Foundation Chair Vivian Tsai told viewers how the COVID-19 was impacting the higher education plans, financing strategies and future career plans for high school students across the country.  This was based on CSF's survey of over 1,000 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Continue Reading...

Vivian Tsai tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette how COVID has affected the higher ed plans and finances for High School students across the country.

June 30, 2020

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette High school graduates are changing their college plans because of COVID-19 Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette   TIM GRANTPittsburgh JUN 30, 2020 6:01 AMMany high school students who were thrilled to get accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice earlier this year will need to change their plans and either choose Continue Reading...

CSF Chair Vivian Tsai on “Money Life with Chuck Jaffe”

June 16, 2020

CSF Chair Vivian Tsai told  "Money Life with Chuck Jaffe" how COVID-19 has changed the plans of high school students for higher education, financing and Continue Reading... featured findings from CSF’s Youth Survey of High School students and quoted Vivian Tsai on the impact of COVID on their higher ed plans.

June 4, 2020 PERSONAL FINANCE More than half of students probably can’t afford college due to Covid-19 PUBLISHED THU, JUN 4 202010:42 AM EDTJessica Dickler @JDICKLER With millions of Americans now out of work, one expense is suddenly out of reach for many: higher education. More than half, or 56%, of college Continue Reading... If you used 529 plan to pay for college and got a refund, will it be taxed? CSF Chair Vivian Tsai answered questions from The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, on college refunds on expenses paid from 529s.

May 4, 2020

Posted Apr 12, 2020 By Karin Price Mueller | NJ Advance Media for When colleges across the country started to shut down their dorms and cafeterias because of the coronavirus outbreak, families received partial refunds for housing and meal plan costs. But what if you used a 529 plan to pay your college Continue Reading... How to avoid a tax problem if you get a refund from your college for spring semester. CSF was quoted in this story about college refunds when paid from 529s.

May 4, 2020

SMART TAX PLANNING How to avoid a tax problem if you get a refund from your college for spring semester PUBLISHED APR 30 2020 Jessica Dickler@JDICKLER If you got a refund from college for room and board or other expenses, consider yourself lucky. But beware of the potential tax bite. Continue Reading...

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During these changing times, the College Savings Foundation recollects wise words once spoken by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” CSF’s education savings mission serves families and individuals of all income levels and ethnic backgrounds across the nation.