Our vision is to serve the 5,000 students who start Kindergarten in Oakland Public schools each year.

Sign up for a my529 college savings account if:


  • Personal Information: You and your child have a SSN or ITIN. 
  • Deposit Type: You are currently banked and/or can make make contributions by direct deposit, money order, bank transfers, or check. Cash deposits not available.
  • Account Type: You wish to open an interest-bearing account (investments that grow over time).

Click below for a step-by-step guide to sign-up for a my529 college savings account!
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Please complete BOTH steps below prior to visiting Self-Help Federal’s West Oakland Branch!

Step 1: Click below and complete the survey.

Step 2: Click below for an appointment with a K2C representative. 

Sign up for a Self-Help Federal Credit Union (SHFCU) student savings account if:

  • Personal Information: You do not have a SSN or ITIN.
  • Deposit Type: You wish to visit a physical bank to make cash or check deposits (SHFCU is located in West Oakland)
  • Account Type: You wish to open a non-interest bearing account. Interest bearing accounts are available when a tax ID is provided.

Click below for a step-by-step guide to sign-up for a SHFCU student savings account!
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Beginning with the 2016-2017 cohort, every Oakland public school kindergartner has a K2C Early College Scholarship Fund. Click below to see if your student qualifies!

Search using our new online tool to see if a student has the $100 Early College Scholarship Fund from Oakland Promise Kindergarten to College (K2C). These scholarships are largely funded by the City of Oakland. They are available to students who enrolled in kindergarten in an Oakland Public School starting in 2016-2017. Students will have the opportunity to use the $100 at a 2- or 4-year college or technical school, no matter if they stay in Oakland or not after Kindergarten. This fund is separate from the college-savings accounts we help our families open.

K2C also has in-school programming! To find out which schools currently have programming,
please click one of our downloadable brochures.

What is Kindergarten to College(K2C)?

Program Overview 

  • K2C has an early college scholarship fund with $100 for each Oakland public school kindergarten student
  • K2C supports families to open their own college savings accounts, offering up to $100 as incentive
  • K2C supports in creating a college-going culture at schools, working alongside school-based staff
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More Details on K2C Programming

Establish a K2C Early College Scholarship Fund for every kindergartner:

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, every kindergartner in Oakland public schools (OUSD or charter-managed) has received $100 in their college fund. When children have money set aside for college, going to college becomes an expectation and feels achievable.

Help families be financially prepared for college and beyond:

To encourage families to save for their children’s education, Kindergarten to College (K2C) will help parents set up a college savings account for their student and offer savings incentives. An initial contribution of $50 will be deposited by the K2C program into the child’s account when it is opened, and an additional $50 can be earned if a family saves for any six months within the first year of opening the account. As children and families see their college savings grow, they will be inspired to continue striving to reach this goal.

Create a college-going culture at every elementary school

K2C schools have access to curriculum, technical assistance and other resources to promote a college going culture in classrooms and throughout the school. The K2C Early College Scholarship Fund and family-owned college savings accounts are teaching tools in elementary school and beyond. Age appropriate financial education – about how banks work, saving money for important goals, how money grows over time, and the impact of education on earnings – are integrated into the school curriculum.