Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET), a Fidelity-managed 529 plan follows the same approach as other Fidelity plans in Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It features three age-based options; one using Fidelity Series actively managed funds; one using Fidelity Series index funds; and a third using a combination of the two. The Connecticut plans also offers 11 static options, an option that invests in an interest-bearing deposit account, and a stable value option that invests in a separately managed account that may invest in individual securities or Fidelity mutual funds and investment contracts issued by third-party insurance companies or banks. Prior to February 2021, the plan was managed by TIAA-CREF.
- Program typeSavings
- Inception1997, substantially changed in 2021
- State agencyConnecticut State Treasurer
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerFidelity Investments
- Program distributorFidelity Brokerage Services, LLC
Ratings & Rankings
Our overall rating for CT residents
This is a program that offers outstanding flexibility, attractive investments, and additional economic benefits (such as generous state tax incentives) that for some people, at least, will provide a substantial boost to their savings. There are few, if any, weaknesses noted in the program.
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.
State residency requirements:
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Did you know?
CT residents can claim a tax deduction for contributions to a CT 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.
Does the program offer an e-gifting platform for receiving gift contributions?
Age-based/Enrollment Year investment options:View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:View more static investment options
Underlying investments:View a full list of this plan’s investment options
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Portfolio Fees & Performance Lookup
Fees & Expenses
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Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filers$5,000/yr
- Tax deduction for joint filers$10,000/yr
Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.
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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?
Upromise Helps Families Save for College
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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.
The best way to maximize your college savings?
Start early and save often. You can get started today with easy online enrollment.
Distributions & Terminations
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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:
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