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Arizona Family College Savings Program
College Savings Bank, a Division of NexBank SSB offers two FDIC-insured options as part of the Arizona Family College Savings Program: (1) fixed-rate CDs with one-year, two-year or three-year maturities; and (2) the CollegeSure Honors Savings Account, a high-yield savings account. The plan ceased offering InvestorSure CDs and CollegeSure CDs to investors as of August 2, 2016 and October 21, 2016. InvestorSure CDs and CollegeSure CDs issued prior to those dates continue to be managed and serviced by College Savings Bank until their maturity dates.
- Program typeSavings
- State agencyArizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerCollege Savings Bank, a Division of NexBank SSB
- Program distributorCollege Savings Bank, a Division of NexBank SSB
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This is a program that will work for many people who fit the "target" profile but contains potentially significant problems or uncertainties that can hurt the unsuspecting investor.
State residency requirements:None
Who can be a participant/owner in the program?Individuals of legal age, UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities; joint ownership by spouses is permitted.
Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:Fixed-rate CDs have one-, two- or three-year maturities. The CDs are subject to early redemption penalties ranging from 1% to 10% of principal for withdrawals prior to maturity.
Did you know?
AZ residents can claim a tax deduction for contributions to a AZ 529 plan.
Contributions are deductible in computing state taxable income
529 plan contributions grow tax-free.
Withdrawals are tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses.
You can contribute as much as you want, as often as you want.
The key is to get started. Enroll today by completing a quick form online.
Maximum contributions:Accepts contributions until all account balances in Arizona's 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $476,000.
Minimum contributions:Fixed Rate CDs:
With lump-sum contributions, the minimum initial contribution is $250. With the automatic investment plan, the minimum contribution level is $25 per month via electronic funds transfer, or $25 per pay period via payroll deduction. Deposits under $250 are held in an interest bearing savings account, and each time the balance reaches $250, a CD purchase is made.
Honors Savings Account:
The minimum initial deposit is $250. With the automatic investment plan, the minimum contribution level is $25 per month via electronic funds transfer, or $25 per pay period via payroll deduction.
Age-based investment options:None.View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:Fixed-rate CDs earn interest at the rate posted at the time of purchase, and posted rates may change at any time. The Honors Savings Account featured an APY of 2.28% as of November 23, 2018.View more static investment options
Underlying investments:FDIC-insured certificates of deposit and a high-yield savings account from College Savings Bank, a Division of NexBank SSBView a full list of this plan's investment options
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Fees & Expenses
Enrollment or application fee:None.
Account maintenance fee:None.
Program management fees:None
Expenses of the underlying investments:Not applicable, interest rate on CD is tied to a formula. No fees associated with the Honors Savings Account.
Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filers$2,000/yr
- Tax deduction for joint filers$4,000/yr
Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.
Program match on contributions:None.
State tax deduction or credit for contributions:Contributions to Arizona AND non-Arizona 529 plans of up to $2,000 per year by an individual, and up to $4,000 per year by a married couple filing jointly, are deductible in computing Arizona taxable income. The original sunset date of December 31, 2012 has been removed, thus making the deduction permanent.
State tax treatment of qualified distributions:Qualified distributions from Arizona and non-Arizona 529 plans are exempt.
State tax treatment of rollovers:Arizona follows federal tax-free treatment.
Does the sponsoring state exclude the value of an account for state financial aid purposes?Yes
Does participation in the program provide beneficiaries with any advantages in qualifying for resident tuition status at state institutions?No
Does the program have a formal agreement with a rewards program or outside scholarship program?Yes, The Upromise Rewards program can be linked to any 529 college savings plan. Upromise Rewards is free to join and offers members cash back for college.
Statutory protection of an account from creditors:UNLOCK PRO
Did you know?
Residents are not limited to investing in their own state's 529 plan.
Another state may offer a plan that performs better and has lower fees.
The 529 plan chosen does not affect which state the student enrolls in.
You can live in New York, open a plan from Nevada and send a student to college in Florida.
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