The Montana Family Education Savings Program -- Investment Plan was renamed Achieve Montana with a new suite of investments added in October 2015. Ascensus College Savings continues to serve as program manager for this direct-sold plan. The plan features a year-of-enrollment option, five asset allocation portfolios and three individual fund portfolios including the Capital Preservation Portfolio invested in the New York Life Guaranteed Investment Account. Underlying funds are from Vanguard, DFA, iShares and Schwab. Accounts can be linked to the Upromise rewards service.
- Program typeSavings
- Inception2002, but substantially changed in December 2010 and October 2015.
- State agencyMontana Board of Regents of Higher Education
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerAscensus College Savings
- Program distributorAscensus College Savings
Ratings & Rankings
Our overall rating for MT 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.
Our overall rating for non-residents
This is a very good program that offers valuable benefits but may have some limitations or concerns that investors need to know.
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Fees & Expenses
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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.
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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?
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