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iShares 529 Plan

Arkansas' iShares 529 Plan from BlackRock is comprised solely of iShares ETFs and offers 7 year-of-enrollment portfolios, 4 asset allocation options, and 17 individual portfolios. These 21 portfolios can be mixed and matched or used independently of one another to achieve the investment allocation desired. Accounts can be linked to the Upromise rewards service. To find a financial advisor in your area, use the Directory of Financial Professionals.

Our Ratingx

4 of 5

Fee Scorex

2.5 of 5

Performancex

N/A

  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2007 (December)
  • State agency
    The Arkansas 529 Plan Review Committee, composed of the Director of the Department of Higher Education, the Executive Director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, and the Arkansas State Treasurer
  • Tax deduction
    Tax deduction for single filers $5,000/yr
    Tax deduction for joint filers $10,000/yr
  • Program Manager
    Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, Inc.
  • Program distributor
    Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, Inc. and BlackRock Investments, LLC
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Investors in iShares 529 Plan can select from the following investment options. Click on a portfolio name for more information.

Use the form below to filter through the investment options in this plan

Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%

Age Based Investment Options

Sometimes referred to as the enrollment-based option, this is an investment approach where your asset allocation is programmed to change over time. Accounts for young beneficiaries are invested aggressively and accounts for beneficiaries with college right around the corner are invested much more conservatively. In some 529 plans, the age-based option operates by automatically transferring your investment from one static portfolio to another at certain points in time. Others utilize lifecycle funds or employ lifecycle-type tactics within the portfolio containing your investment so that it is not necessary to transfer your investment between portfolios.

PortfolioE.R% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
iShares 2036 College Portfolio (ETF)0.47%100%N/AN/A
iShares College Portfolio (ETF)0.54%0%0.22%25 of 33
iShares 2027 College Portfolio (ETF)0.47%72.93%6.64%15 of 16
iShares 2021 College Portfolio (ETF)0.47%43.08%4.5%17 of 20
iShares 2024 College Portfolio (ETF)0.47%59.81%5.77%15 of 20
iShares 2030 College Portfolio (ETF)0.47%83.64%7.44%24 of 24
iShares 2033 College Portfolio (ETF)0.45%92.97%8.16%16 of 16

Static Investment Options

This refers to an investment option that is not programmed to change over time. The individual fund portfolio and multi-fund portfolio described below are static options. So are many portfolios that do not use mutual funds, such as stable-value options, guaranteed options, CD options, etc.

PortfolioE.R% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
iShares Aggressive Portfolio (ETF)0.45%95.05%9.37%185 of 308
iShares Moderate Portfolio (ETF)0.45%60.41%5.66%13 of 37
iShares Conservative Portfolio (ETF)0.47%18.79%1.02%14 of 33
iShares Fixed Income Portfolio (ETF)0.5%0%-0.77%29 of 33

Individual Investment Options

Sometimes called a single-fund option, this is a portfolio invested in a single mutual fund. Often the name of the 529 portfolio is very similar to the name of the underlying mutual fund. A large number of broker-sold 529s offer an extensive line-up of individual fund options, while a smaller number of direct-sold 529s offer them.

Use the form below to filter through the investment options in this plan

Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%