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Ivy InvestEd 529 Plan

The Arizona Ivy InvestEd 529 Plan is an advisor-sold 529 savings program that features six fund-of-fund mutual funds from Ivy Investment Management Company, available as either static investment options or as part of an age-based strategy, plus 20 individual-fund portfolios invested in Ivy Funds mutual funds. To find a financial advisor in your area, use the Directory of Financial Professionals.


  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2001
  • State agency
    Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
  • Tax deduction
    Tax deduction for single filers $2,000/yr
    Tax deduction for joint filers $4,000/yr
  • Program Manager
    Waddell & Reed, Inc.
  • Program distributor
    Ivy Distributors, Inc. (IDI)
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for AZ residents

This is an excellent program with many benefits for the participant and positive investment attributes. If it has any significant weaknesses then it also has some particularly good things to recommend it.

Our overall rating for non-residents

This is an excellent program with many benefits for the participant and positive investment attributes. If it has any significant weaknesses then it also has some particularly good things to recommend it.

Savingforcollege.com's 5-Cap Ratings provides an evaluation and comparison of 529 plans, utilizing a formula that examines dozens of factors grouped into the following categories.


3.22out of 5
top-ten

Each plan's performance score is developed directly from Savingforcollege.com's Quarterly 529 Performance Rankings. A 529 savings plan must have at least one year of performance history before they will be assigned a 5-cap rating. For those plans that are not part of our quarterly performance rankings, such as plans offering a single set of bank-based investment options, we assign a performance score by evaluating the returns currently available on similar types of investments outside of 529 plans.

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

None

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

U.S. citizens and resident aliens of legal age, state/local government agencies, and 501(c)(3) organizations.

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

None

Contributions

Maximum contributions:

Accepts contributions until all account balances in Arizona's 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $453,000.

Minimum contributions:

With lump-sum contributions, the minimum initial contribution is $250 per fund and subsequent investments do not have a limit. With the automatic investment plan, the initial opening account minimum is $150 per fund and the subsequent contribution level is $50 per month. No account minimum to establish an account via payroll deduction or salary deferral.

Investment Options

Age-based investment options:

Savings Contributions are placed into one of six portfolios corresponding to the beneficiary's age, and later reassigned to more conservative portfolios as the beneficiary approaches college age.View more age-based investment options

Static investment options:

Select among 6 fund-of-funds portfolios and 20 individual-fund portfolios each investing in a single mutual fund from the Ivy Funds family.View more static investment options

Underlying fund allocations:

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Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

None, but contributions may be subject to a sales charge.

Account maintenance fee:

$20 annually for accounts with less than $25,000, waived for Arizona residents and accounts with an automatic investment plan.

Program management fees:

None

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Ranges from 0.49% to 0.76% in the InvestEd Portfolios; 0.35% to 1.23% in the Ivy Fund Portfolios; 0.56% in the Ivy Government Money Market portfolio (no distribution fee).

Total asset-based expense ratio:

0.74% - 1.01% in the InvestEd Portfolios
0.60% - 1.48% in the Ivy Funds
0.56% in the Ivy Government Money Market portfolio

Broker loads and commissions:

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Breakpoint pricing:

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Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filers$2,000/yr
  • Tax deduction for joint filers$4,000/yr

Example

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 recapture provisions:

The principal portion of nonqualified withdrawals from this plan are included in Arizona taxable income to the extent of prior Arizona tax deductions. Nonqualified withdrawals for this purpose do not include withdrawals made as the result of the beneficiary's death or disability, withdrawals made on account of the beneficiary's receipt of a scholarship, or rollovers.

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.

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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Eligible educational institution, beneficiary, or account owner, as directed by the account owner

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

Accepts requests to transfer account ownership.

Documents, Access & Reporting

Does participant have online password-protected access to account?

Yes

Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?

No

Documents and other services accessible or downloadable on the program's public Web site:

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Contact

Website:

https://www.ivyinvestments.com/products/ivy-invested-529-plan

Telephone:

1-800-777-6472

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