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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is LifeCents?

How does the CalKIDS Program work?

How is CalKIDS funded?

Where can I find my child’s Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) to register my student’s CalKIDS Account?

Where can I find my newborn’s Local Registration Number to register my newborn’s CalKIDS Account?

Will I need to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)?

Which low-income students are considered eligible for a CalKIDS Account? 

Will Newborns Eventually be Eligible for $500 or more?

My child has entered the first grade but why is their SSID showing as ineligible?

I just created my CalKIDS account and linked a ScholarShare 529, why don’t I see the additional incentives added?

Why has my balance changed before I make a distribution request?

Why has my CalKIDS balance changed?

I have made a CalKIDS distribution request, what’s next?

Will CalKIDS funds impact my ability to receive financial aid?

Are CalKIDS distributions taxable?

Does having a CalKIDS account affect my family’s state support benefits?

What If My Child Leaves California Before Enrolling in a Qualified Institution of Higher Education?

Can my child use funds from a CalKIDS Account to attend a higher education institution outside of California?

Do the funds in my CalKIDS Account expire?

How should higher education institutions treat a CalKIDS distribution?

What is ScholarShare 529?

Why is Saving for College Important?

What if I Already Have a ScholarShare 529 Account For My Child?

Who can I contact for more information?