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. Five investment options are offered featuring Vanguard and DFA funds as underlying investments and the Capital Preservation Portfolio invested in the New York Life Guaranteed Interest Account. Accounts can be linked to the Upromise rewards service.
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- 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, with The Vanguard Group and Dimensional Fund Advisors LP as investment managers.
- Program distributorAscensus College Savings
Ratings & Rankings
Our overall rating for MT 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.
Our overall rating for non-residents
This is a recent program and does not yet have a 5-Cap Rating assigned.
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.
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Age-based/Enrollment Year investment options:View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:View more static investment options
Underlying investments:View a full list of this plan's investment options
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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.