Education briefs, Jan. 13-15
New law tweaks 529 college savings plans
President Barack Obama signed a bill last month that allows people with 529 college savings plans to withdraw money to buy computers for educational purposes. According to a press release, computers previously only counted as an educational expense if a higher education institution required its students to have them. "This is a big improvement that enhances tax-advantaged 529 savings plans," said Lynne Ward, executive director of UESP, Utah’s official and only 529 plan, in the release. "In an age when electronic devices are commonplace on campus, families should not have to wonder whether a computer purchase is an eligible expense."
PCHS students must sign up for AP exams
Students at Park City High School must sign up by March 4 to take exams for advanced placement classes. Students must register online at the school website, pchs.pcschools.us. The cost for each exam is $95, and payment can be made online at the time of registration with a debit or credit card. Any registrations that are not paid for by March 7 will be cancelled, and the students will not be able to take the exams. For additional information, including questions about financial assistance, contact Rebekka Monson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Girls can sign up for technology conference
Girls in grades nine through 12 are invited to the SheTech Explorer Day at Utah Valley University, set for March 11. According to the event’s website, shetechexplorer.com, the free conference is designed to introduce girls to STEM fields and show them the opportunities they have in STEM areas. The event will feature hands-on workshops and interactions with several technology companies. Online registration closes Feb. 26, but those interested are encouraged to sign up fast because space is limited. Adults who would like to volunteer at the event or serve as mentors can also sign up online.
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