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START Saving Program

The START Saving Program requires Louisiana residency to participate. It is subsidized by the state, resulting in no costs to the participant above the underlying fund costs. Vanguard funds and the State Treasurer's fixed income fund are utilized in the age-based and static portfolio options. Louisiana has established a separate program for K-12 savings, the Louisiana Student Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve Program, or START K12.

Fee Score

5 / 5

Performance

3.5 / 5
  • Program type
    Savings
  • Inception
    1997
  • State agency
    Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority (LATTA)
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Louisiana State Treasurer
  • Program distributor
    Not applicable

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for LA 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

Not Open

This program is not open to you either because it has residency requirements or because it has stopped accepting new enrollments.

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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Plan

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Fee Score

Performance

Contributions

Maximum contributions:

Minimum contributions:

Investment Options

Age-based/Enrollment Year investment options:

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Static investment options:

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Underlying fund allocations:

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Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

Account maintenance fee:

Program management fees:

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Total asset-based expense ratio:

Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filers
    $2,400/yr
  • Tax deduction for joint filers
    $4,800/yr

Example

Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.

Program match on contributions:

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

State tax recapture provisions:

State definition of qualified expenses

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

State tax treatment of rollovers:

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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Statutory protection of an account from creditors:

Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

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:

Twitter

https://twitter.com/LOSFA

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