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Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program (Direct-sold)
American Century manages the Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program (Direct-sold) for Kansas, featuring three age-based tracks with a mix of American Century, Vanguard and Baird funds, one age-based track with Vanguard index funds, 15 static options, and the Cash and Cash Equivalents Portfolio. Accounts can be linked to the Upromise rewards service.
- Program typeSavings
- State agencyKansas State Treasurer
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerAmerican Century Investment Management, Inc.
- Program distributorAmerican Century Investment Services, Inc.
- Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO
Ratings & Rankings
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.
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State residency requirements:None
Who can be a participant/owner in the program?U.S. citizens and resident aliens, UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities. Joint ownership is permitted.
Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:None
Did you know?
KS residents can claim a tax deduction for contributions to a KS 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.
Maximum contributions:Accepts contributions until all account balances in Kansas' 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $402,000.
Minimum contributions:No minimum
Age-based investment options:The age-based portfolios (non-index) are offered in 3 different risk levels: Aggressive, Moderate, and Conservative. Contributions are placed into the portfolio corresponding to the selected risk level and the beneficiary's age. Over time, accounts move between one or more of the 8 portfolios that make up these tracks. The program also offers an index age-based track that invests primarily in Vanguard index funds. Accounts will move through one or more of 8 age-based portfolios.View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:Select among 15 static portfolio options, 8 index-fund based portfolios and the Cash and Cash Equivalents portfolio.View more static investment options
Underlying investments:American Century, Vanguard and Baird mutual funds.View a full list of this plan's investment options
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Fees & Expenses
Enrollment or application fee:None.
Account maintenance fee:None.
Program management fees:0.20% manager fee (waived for the Cash and Cash Equivalents portfolio)
Expenses of the underlying investments:Ranges from 0.19% to 0.59% in the age-based portfolios and 0.03% to 0.61% in the static portfolios (portfolio weighted averages). For the eight portfolios used in the index and index age-based track, an all-in fee of 0.25% includes the 0.20% program manager fee.
Total asset-based expense ratio:0.09% - 0.81%
Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filers$3,000/yr
- Tax deduction for joint filers$6,000/yr
Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.
Program match on contributions:The state will match on a dollar-for-dollar basis contributions above $100 and up to $600 per year by Kansas residents with household incomes below 200% of the federal poverty income level. The program is limited to 300 participants from each of Kansas' four Congressional districts per year. Applications and contributions must be received by December 31 each year.
State tax deduction or credit for contributions:Contributions to Kansas AND non-Kansas state-sponsored 529 plans of up to $3,000 per beneficiary per year by an individual, and up to $6,000 per beneficiary per year by a married couple filing jointly, are deductible in computing Kansas taxable income. Rollover contributions are not deductible. Contribution deadline is December 31.
State tax recapture provisions:The principal portion of nonqualified withdrawals from this plan are included in Kansas taxable income to the extent of prior Kansas tax deductions. Rollovers are not subject to recapture.
State definition of qualified expensesThe state conforms with the federal definition of qualified education expenses, which includes expenses for higher education, as well as up to $10,000 per year in tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school.
State tax treatment of qualified distributions:Qualified distributions from Kansas and non-Kansas 529 plans are exempt.
State tax treatment of rollovers:Kansas follows federal tax-free treatment.
Does the sponsoring state exclude the value of an account for state financial aid purposes?No
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.
Statutory protection of an account from creditors:UNLOCK PRO
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.
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