ScholarShare 529

California's ScholarShare 529 is available to residents of any state. It offers a variety of investment options from TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price, Vanguard and others. While California does not offer a state tax deduction for contributions to the plan, Scholarshare allows contributions of any dollar amount, making it easy to get started.

Fee Score

4.5 / 5


3.5 / 5
  • Program type
  • Inception
  • 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)

Investment Options

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

Age Based Investment Optionsaccordion open icon

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 Performance
2036/2037 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.37%74%19.08%
2034/2035 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.37%70%18.29%
2032/2033 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.38%64%17.29%
2030/2031 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.38%54%15.59%
2028/2029 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.38%40.75%13.19%
2026/2027 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.34%28.35%10.64%
2024/2025 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.26%18.55%8.21%
Enrollment Year Portfolio Active0.24%13.9%6.26%
2034/2035 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.08%70%16.94%
2032/2033 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.08%64%16.04%
2030/2031 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.08%54%14.29%
2028/2029 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.08%40.75%11.86%
2026/2027 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.06%28.35%9.58%
2024/2025 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.05%18.55%7.47%
Enrollment Year Portfolio Passive0.04%13.9%5.63%
2036/2037 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.08%74%17.76%
2038/2039 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.37%78%19.78%
2038/2039 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.07%78%18.63%
2024/2025 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.17%20%7.05%
2026/2027 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.2%30.5%9.05%
2028/2029 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.24%42%11.5%
2030/2031 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.26%54%13.91%
2032/2033 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.26%64%15.68%
2034/2035 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.27%70%16.63%
2036/2037 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.27%74%17.46%
2038/2039 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.27%78.05%18.39%
Enrollment Year Portfolio ESG0.15%15%5.53%
2040/2041 Enrollment Portfolio Active0.37%80%N/A
2040/2041 Enrollment Portfolio ESG0.27%80%N/A
2040/2041 Enrollment Portfolio Passive0.07%80%N/A
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