DENVER, June 15, 2009 —Qwest (NYSE:Q) and Upromise, the college savings rewards program that helps its 10 million members save money toward their dreams of higher education, have teamed up to help families reconcile concerns about saving for college and spending smartly from day-to-day. Upromise members can now add communication and entertainment services to their already-robust list of mon/p>

Key Facts:

  • Upromise is based on the philosophy that everyone should be able to afford a college education. To sign up for Upromise visit,
  • Upromise members can earn up to $125 in college savings by calling 1-866-591-3394 or visiting to purchase new Qwest service, like high-speed Internet that includes enhancements like free 2GB of automatic online backup space, as well as long-distance service and DIRECTV’s video service. For greater discounts, customers can customize a bundle of Qwest services.
  • To redeem savings, members must return to the Upromise Web site at and enter their Qwest billing phone number within 60 days of placing the Qwest order.
  • All Upromise earnings are saved in a member’s Upromise account. Then, the member can decide to grow their savings in a tax-free 529 plan to pay for college, use it to pay down a Sallie Mae student loan or receive a check for college expenses.

Supporting Quote:

“Through our partnership with Upromise, we’re able to extend the value of Qwest products and services while helping families save for one of the most significant investments they may ever make – a college education,” said Jim Vogel, Qwest vice president of sales.  

“Qwest is committed to helping its customers realize their dreams of a higher education,” said David Coppins, senior vice president, Upromise. “Now, Upromise’s members can receive money for college when they sign up for Qwest services.”

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About Qwest

Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers a new generation of fiber-optic-fast high-speed Internet service, as well as digital home phoneVerizon Wireless, and DIRECTV services.  Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.

About Upromise

Launched in April 2001, today Upromise is a major, private source of college funding contributions in America, with over 10 million members and more than $475 million in member rewards. Membership is free and can help families save money for college while making everyday purchases of products and services at more than 21,000 grocery and drug stores, 10,000 gas stations, 8,500 restaurants, as well as thousands of retail stores, and over 600 online shopping sites. Upromise participating companies include Bank of America, ExxonMobil Corporation, Bed Bath & Beyond®, McDonald’s®,,,, and hundreds of others. Upromise also makes it easy for families to start their own college savings strategy through tax-advanred through Upromise Investments, Inc. or by using Upromise contributions to help pay down eligible student loans. Upromise is a wholly owned subsidiary of SLM Corporation (NYSE: SLM), commonly known as Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of saving-and-paying-for-college programs. Upromise is headquartered in Newton, Mass., and has more than 350 employees. For additional information, visit


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