Another Way to Help Pay for College
Upromise.com has been helping students earn and save money for college since 2001. Here’s how it works. Students, parents, grandparents, or other relatives go to Upromise.com and sign up to become members. Members register their store loyalty cards (if the store has one) and their credit cards. It’s completely free. Members can register one or several credit cards with Upromise. Every time one of those credit cards and a store loyalty card is swiped, a report is sent to Upromise and the appropriate amount is credited to the member’s Upromise account. Upromise members are sent notices about products that can provide 1 percent to 5 percent of the purchase amount in rewards. Members also can shop online by logging on to upromise.com, then clicking on any of the more than 600 partner companies ranging from Bed, Bath & Beyond to Walmart. Also, more than 8,000 restaurants across the country are partners. In addition, Food Lion, Winn-Dixie and Publix are Upromise partners, as is the CVS drug store chain. Upromise is just another way for students to make college more affordable, especially in this challenging economic climate. Florida is the biggest market for the savings program. There is no limit to how much members can accumulate in their Upromise accounts. Members, in aggregate, have saved more than $475 million since 2001. Individually it depends on how much people use the service and how diligent they are about making sure they use companies that are Upromise partners. This program might be for you.
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