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Cass Kickstart to Careers Program, Cassopolis Public School District

CASS KICKSTART FAQs

What is Cass Kickstart to Careers?

Cass Kickstart To Careers is a 501(c )3 organization designed to assist with post-secondary education expenses. Funds are held at Circle Federal Credit Union, 1050 State Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031. Partnering with Cassopolis Public Schools, each kindergarten student attending kindergarten within the Cassopolis Public Schools has the opportunity to be the beneficiary of an account at Circle Federal Credit Union with a $25 deposit from Cass Kickstart To Careers.

What type of account is it?

It is a Children’s Savings Account (CSA). This means the funds remain on deposit until the Cass Kickstart Administrator approves your withdrawal for future college and training expenses or until maturity. It is a deposit only account.

Do I own the account?

No. Cass Kickstart to Careers is the owner of the account, but the funds are held in trust for you when you need them for post-secondary education.

Do I have to provide my child’s social security number?

No. Since the account is for the benefit of, but not owned by, the student, a unique number, other than the child’s social security number, will be assigned to each child’s account for identification purposes

Does my account earn interest?

Yes, your account earns interest.

How is my interest paid to me?

Interest will be compounded each calendar quarter and will be credited to your account each calendar quarter.

Is there a minimum balance to open the account?

No. Cass Kickstart To Careers has opened each account with a deposit of $25. You may add to your child’s account, at any time, by making deposits of any size at Circle Federal Credit Union, and identifying the deposit by your child’s name and unique account number.

What fees will be charged to my account?

Your account is NOT subject to balance or transaction fees. It has been set up at Circle Federal Credit Union as a free account as a service to you and the community.

May I or my family members make additional deposits?

Yes, additional deposits are encouraged and accepted at any time.

How do I make deposits to my account?

You can come into any Circle Federal Credit Union branch to make a deposit or mail a deposit to Circle Federal Credit Union, 1050 East State Street, Cassopolis, MI 49031. If you would like to set up recurring deposits, please see any Circle Federal Credit Union representative. You will need to provide your child’s name and unique account number for each deposit.

Are there limits on how much I may deposit?

No. This is a savings account for the benefit of students. Only the limits imposed by Circle Federal Credit Union would apply.

How do I make withdrawals from my account?

The Cass Kickstart Administrator at info@casskickstart.com will approve your qualified withdrawals for college expenses after your graduation from Cassopolis Public Schools. 

What income taxes will be owed?

No income taxes will be owed on the withdrawal of the account if 100% of the funds are used for post-secondary education. If the funds are not used for post-secondary education income tax will be owed on the portion of the withdrawal that are interest earnings.

What if I don’t use all the funds in my account?

If there are any funds remaining after students turn age 25, you may request a withdrawal for the total of your private fund balance, including any earned interest.

What if I graduate from college and still have funds left in my account?

You can contact the Cass Kickstart Administrator at info@casskickstart.com and complete an Education Completion Withdrawal form.

What if my family encounters a hardship?

Please contact the Cass Kickstart Administrator at info@casskickstart.com to discuss the possibility of an early withdrawal of private funds. Cass Kickstart to Careers will determine the eligibility of non-qualified withdrawals.

What if I join the military before college?

Please contact the Cass Kickstart Administrator at info@casskickstart.com to arrange an extension to the withdrawal date of your account.

Do I or my parents have to claim the interest earned as income?

Interest earned on private deposits NOT used for educational purposes may be subject to IRS reporting; please seek professional tax advice.

Are my deposits tax deductible?

No, they are not.

How will I know what my balance is?

With the name and account information, the student or guardian can obtain the current balance by contacting Circle Federal Credit Union. 

Is there a matching program available?

Yes. The match is dependent upon funds available and will be paid to your fund.

What if I move?

If you wish to keep the account, you are still considered a participant in the program and can continue to make deposits and request withdrawals for post-secondary education needs. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information current by completing the Address Change Form available on our website, casskickstart.com. 

What if students no longer attend Cassopolis Public Schools?

If you wish to keep the account, you are still considered a participant in the program and can continue to make deposits and request withdrawals for post-secondary education needs. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information current by completing the Address Change Form available on our website, casskickstart.com.

Cass Kickstart forms

Download the form you need, complete it, and email it to info@casskickstart.com.

Address change form

Early withdrawal hardship appeal form

Opt-out form

 

 

Notes:

  1. The size of the matching dollar benefit will be determined by such things as funds available, a number of eligible enrolled students, and a giving incentive minimum amount by the student.
  2. All kindergarten students may open an account.
  3. Students may commence withdrawals from their account when they graduate from Cassopolis Public Schools. If a student leaves the district before graduation, the funds in the account deposited by the student may be withdrawn. A portion of this withdrawal may be taxable income. Consult your tax professional. The initial deposit from Cass Kickstart To Careers and any matching dollars will be retained by Cass Kickstart to Careers and redirected to new students entering kindergarten.

Email: info@casskickstart.com