Guaranteed Savings Plan
|How do I start?||GSP. Start with as little as $10. Enroll now||IP. Start with as little as $10. Enroll now|
|What does it cover?||Both plans can be used for post-secondary tuition, room and board costs, books and more, as well as tuition at elementary or secondary public, private, or religious schools. You may also use both plans to pay for certain expenses for a registered apprenticeship program and principle and interest on a qualified education loan.|
|Where can I use it?||Both plans work at most post-secondary schools, including colleges, universities, technical and professional schools, as well as elementary or secondary public, private, or religious schools both in and out of PA as well as for registered and certified apprenticeship programs.|
|What happens if the child doesn't attend college?||Both plans allow you to change the beneficiary of the account to certain members of the beneficiary's family. You may also use your PA 529 account for repayment of principle and interest on a qualified education loan for a PA 529 beneficiary or sibling not to exceed $10,000. The Plan Disclosures describe other ways to make withdrawals.|
|Can I get my money back?||YES. In the GSP you get back at least what you put in, minus any fees. You also keep the growth on your contributions, if any.
Depending on the reason for withdrawal, growth may be calculated differently. There may be tax consequences if you don’t use the money for educational expenses.
|YES. However, the value of your investment depends on its performance, and could be more or less than you initially invested.
There may be tax consequences if you don't use the money for educational expenses.
|Can I pick my investments?||NO. You pick the type of school or tuition level to save towards. PA Treasury manages the investments of the GSP Fund.||YES. Choose from a number of investments options, all using Vanguard investment vehicles.|
|Will it keep pace with rising tuition costs?||YES. Your savings grow based on tuition inflation, when used for qualified post-secondary education expenses.||MAYBE. Investments can gain or lose, depending on market conditions.|
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PA Virtual Tours
Check out this website to find all things Pennsylvania! Plus, we have some other great virtual experiences below!
Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives.
Offers multiple online exhibits, including Penn’s Treaty, which looks at the “firm league of peace” Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn established with the Native Americans through the collection of art, artifacts and documents in the collection donated to the museum by Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin.
Check in on the Elmwood Park Zoo giraffes on a rainy day, browse the Barnes Foundation’s permanent collection from home and explore more than 100 Free Library of Philadelphia databases and shareable content on the go.
The site of a turning point in the American Revolution illustrates life during the Valley Forge winter through the park’s collections and the headquarters occupied by General George Washington and his officers during the encampment.
Provides several 360-degree virtual tours of equipment in the collection, from Pennsylvania Railroad steam locomotives to Pullman club-restaurant-sleep cars.
Among the virtual tours offered by the Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, is Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including all the old favorites like Barbie, Matchbox vehicles, Gumby, that mechanical monkey clapping cymbals and many, many others.
Provides Beyond the Battlefield: A Virtual Field Trip hosted by Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series of children’s historical fiction novels that includes artifacts and documents from the Revolutionary War.
Has an entire library of videos shot from the engine cabs of many of the toy trains in the collection as they race along the track layouts of the museum.
Birthplace of the American Revolution, the Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, takes a virtual into the sights and sounds of the 18th century and inspiration that went into the Stars and Stripes.
Offers a virtual tour through Google Maps, including a glimpse at each of the museum’s exhibits.
Offers seven virtual tours ranging from pastel works by Jean-Francois Millet to fashion from the Gilded Age.
Offers a glimpse into the collection of collections housed in a former tire factory, ranging from beautifully restored self-playing orchestra to hordes of life-size clown statues and stuffed animals from carnivals and promotional campaigns to decades worth of movie posters.
Get a taste of Pennsylvania’s lumbering heritage Pennsylvania’s in a virtual tour of the exhibits and 10-acre campus, including a re-creation of an early 20th century lumber camp.
World Virtual Tours
Include educational worksheets, activities and hands-on experiments.
is featuring a new animal every day on Facebook Live. You can ask questions if you watch it live (every day at noon); the episodes are also archived on the zoo’s site.
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.
Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de'Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de'Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.
To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.
Some three years later many of us still remember this BBC interview video going viral. Don’t let that be you. Check out the Kids Corner for different activities to keep your kiddo engaged.
Math and Science:
- The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
- This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
- Play games and learn all about animals.
- Math and Reading games.
- Geography and animals
- Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
- This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
- Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry.
- High school chemistry topics.
- Math and Reading games.
- Voice based learning... learn through Alexa.
- Math as a fun part of your daily family routine.
- Elem Math through 6th grade.
- Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc.
- Science, Math, Social Studies
- K-5th Science lessons
- Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies.
- Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement.
- 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas.
- Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors.
Reading, History and Phonics:
- Math and Reading games
- Phonics skills
- Fave kids books read by famous people
- Math and reading games
- ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn.
- Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults.
- Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc.
- Science, Math, Social Studies
- Grammar practice for middle grades.
- Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions.
- 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.
- Digital learning content for preschool through high school.
- Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.
- Foreign languages
- A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering -- free 24/7 access; USERNAME: read (case sensitive)PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)
- Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.
- Play with fave show characters and learn too.
- Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss.
- Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.
- Math and language games
- Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities
- Games to get "into the book".
- Educational games for K-12.
- Music is for everyone.
- Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas.
- Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student's needs including creating flashcards for other subjects
- Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides!
- Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.