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ScholarShare 529

This is a Top 10 Plan

California's ScholarShare 529 is available to residents of any state. It offers a variety of investment options from TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price and others.

Fee Score

5 / 5

Performance

4 / 5
  • Program type
    Savings
  • Inception
    1999
  • State agency
    The ScholarShare Investment Board (SIB) chaired by the State Treasurer
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI)
  • Program distributor
    TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. (TFI)

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for CA 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.

SAVING FOR COLLEGE’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.

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

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Contributions

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Does the program offer an e-gifting platform for receiving gift contributions?

Investment Options

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Fees & Expenses

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Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filers
    None
  • Tax deduction for joint filers
    None

Note

California doesn't offer tax deductions

Program match on contributions:

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State definition of qualified expenses

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Does the sponsoring state exclude the value of an account for state financial aid purposes?

Does participation in the program provide beneficiaries with any advantages in qualifying for resident tuition status at state institutions?

Is there a rewards program or outside scholarship program that works with this program?

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Distributions & Terminations

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Account Changes

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Documents, Access & Reporting

Does participant have online password-protected access to account?

Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?

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

Contact

Website:

Telephone:

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