Enhancing the well-being and abilities of youth through college savings
What is $AVES?
Flourish $AVES works to address barriers to higher education by enhancing the wellbeing and abilities of youth while also reducing the financial burden of higher education programs. Students earn deposits into 529 savings accounts by participating in activities that enhance their personal and professional growth. Research shows that students who have at least $500 saved for education are 4x more likely to complete a higher education program.
Students, grades 5-12 in Boone County, MO who meet the criteria listed below, have the opportunity to be the beneficiary of a College/Career Incentive Savings Account (CISA) funded by Flourish $AVES. $AVES will deposit funds into students’ CISA for their participation in approved educational, personal, or professional development activities.
Eligibility for $AVES
The following items are the eligibility requirements for the $AVES program. Any student who meets the following requirements, is encouraged to participate!
- Student must be in 5th – 12th grade in Boone County, MO.
- Socioeconomic Barriers – The student should fall into at least ONE or more of the following categories:
- Student of color/minority or member of another marginalized group
- Student who is/has been in the Foster Care or Adoption system
- Student lives in a low-income household (per the chart below)