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February 06, 2012

Texans Can Claim Their Cash; Save for College at the Equipment Depot Mid-Tex Farm & Ranch Show Feb. 7-8

(WACO) — Texans who think or hope they might have some money waiting to be claimed from the state’s Unclaimed Property List have a chance to search the list at the 41st Equipment Depot Mid-Tex Farm & Ranch Show on Feb. 7-8.

In addition, Texans will have the opportunity to enroll in the state’s prepaid college tuition program, the Texas Tuition Promise Fund (TTPF). The TTPF enrollment period deadline is Feb. 29, 2012.

Staff members from the Texas Comptroller’s Office Unclaimed Property Division will help citizens search for unclaimed property online, fill out claim forms and answer questions about the unclaimed property program.

Unclaimed Property and TTPF representatives will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Extraco Events Center, in the Coliseum in booth 228, located at 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco.

“The current balance in the state’s unclaimed property fund is around $2.2 billion,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “That money belongs to Texans and I know reclaiming it would make a difference to many people in challenging economic times. Through events like this one, we are reaching out to Texans and encouraging them to check the Unclaimed Property List often and claim their forgotten funds.”

The Comptroller estimates one in four Texans has money waiting to be claimed. Unclaimed property includes forgotten utility deposits or other refunds, insurance proceeds, mineral interest or royalty payments, dormant bank accounts and abandoned safe deposit box contents. To search for unclaimed property any time, visit the Comptroller’s unclaimed property website at www.ClaimItTexas.org or call (800) 654-FIND (3463).

A TTPF representative will discuss the advantages and enrollment opportunities for the state’s prepaid tuition program, benefiting Texas parents who are interested in saving for their children’s college education.

“Public college costs have risen rapidly during the past decade. It is important for Texas parents to have the opportunity to save for their children’s college education with this prepaid tuition plan,” Combs said.

The TTPF allows Texans to lock in the cost of undergraduate college tuition and required fees at Texas public colleges and universities, protecting against future tuition inflation. The enrollment deadline to take advantage of the education savings program for 2012 is Feb. 29. For additional information visit www.tuitionpromise.org.

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