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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.
Each plan's performance score is developed directly from Savingforcollege.com's Quarterly 529 Performance Rankings. A 529 savings plan must have at least one year of performance history before they will be assigned a 5-cap rating. For those plans that are not part of our quarterly performance rankings, such as plans offering a single set of bank-based investment options, we assign a performance score by evaluating the returns currently available on similar types of investments outside of 529 plans.
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
Alternative 529 Plans
Maximum contributions:Accepts contributions until all account balances in Kansas' 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $402,000.
Minimum contributions:An account may be opened with a lump-sum contribution or monthly automatic investment minimum of $25.
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.