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Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) Program

The manager for the Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) Program changed from TIAA-CREF to Intuition College Savings Solutions, LLC in June 2017. The plan features an age-based option, five risk-based options, three individual fund options and a guaranteed option.

Our Ratingx

2.5 of 5

Fee Scorex

2 of 5

Performancex

3 of 5

  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2001; program manager change in 2017
  • State agency
    College Savings Plans of Mississippi and State Treasury Department
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Intuition College Savings Solutions, LLC
  • Program distributor
    Intuition College Savings Solutions, LLC

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for MS residents

This is a very good program that offers valuable benefits but may have some limitations or concerns that investors need to know.

Our overall rating for non-residents

This is a program that will work for many people who fit the "target" profile but contains potentially significant problems or uncertainties that can hurt the unsuspecting investor.

Savingforcollege.com'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.


3.13of 5

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.

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

Alternative 529 Plans

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:

Portfolio Fees & Performance Lookup

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$10,000/yr
  • Tax deduction for joint filers$20,000/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?

Upromise Helps Families Save for College

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:

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