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The Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan

The Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan, offered by Nevada, is available to residents of any state, and offers low costs, experience and easy-to-manage savings options.

Our Ratingx

4.5 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

4 of 5

  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2002
  • State agency
    Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plans of Nevada
  • Tax deduction
    Tax deduction for single filers None
    Tax deduction for joint filers None
  • Program Manager
    Ascensus Broker Dealer Services, Inc.
  • Program distributor
    Vanguard Marketing Corporation
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for NV 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 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.

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.


3.29of 5
top-ten

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:

None

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

U.S. citizens and resident aliens at least 18 years old and UGMA/UTMA custodians.

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

None

Did you know?

  • 529 plan contributions grow tax-free.

    Withdrawals are tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses.

  • You can contribute as much as you want, as often as you want.

    The key is to get started. Enroll today by completing a quick form online.

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Contributions

Maximum contributions:

Accepts contributions until all account balances in Nevada's 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $370,000.

Minimum contributions:

The minimum initial contribution is $3,000 or $50 through an employer automatic investment plan. The minimum initial contribution for Nevada residents is $1,000 or $50 through employer automatic investment. The minimum subsequent contribution is $50.

Investment Options

Age-based investment options:

The Age-Based Option offers a choice among 3 different risk levels (Aggressive, Moderate, or Conservative) each containing 12 portfolios of underlying mutual funds. Contributions are placed into the portfolio corresponding to the selected risk level and number of years to expected enrollment, and later reassigned to more conservative portfolios as the beneficiary approaches college age.View more age-based investment options

Static investment options:

Select among 15 multi-fund portfolios and 15 individual-fund portfolios.View more static investment options

Underlying investments:

Vanguard mutual funds.View a full list of this plan's investment options

Underlying fund allocations:

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Portfolio Fees & Performance Lookup

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Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

None.

Account maintenance fee:

None

Program management fees:

0.11% to 0.19%

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Not applicable, 0.03% in the age-based portfolios; 0.03% to 0.07% in the static blend portfolios; and 0.02% to 0.32% in the individual portfolios.

Total asset-based expense ratio:

0.15% - 0.44%

Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filersNone
  • Tax deduction for joint filersNone

Note

Nevada doesn't offer tax deductions

Program match on contributions:

None.

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

Not applicable. Nevada does not have a personal income tax.

State definition of qualified expenses

The state conforms with the federal definition of qualified education expenses, which includes expenses for higher education, as well as up to $10,000 per year in tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school.

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

Not applicable. Nevada does not have a personal income tax.

Does the sponsoring state exclude the value of an account for state financial aid purposes?

No

Does participation in the program provide beneficiaries with any advantages in qualifying for resident tuition status at state institutions?

No

Does the program have a formal agreement with a rewards program or outside scholarship program?

Yes, the Upromise Rewards program can be linked to any 529 college savings plan. Upromise Rewards is free to join and offers members cash back for college.

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Statutory protection of an account from creditors:

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Did you know?

  • Residents are not limited to investing in their own state's 529 plan.

    Another state may offer a plan that performs better and has lower fees.

  • The 529 plan chosen does not affect which state the student enrolls in.

    You can live in New York, open a plan from Nevada and send a student to college in Florida.

  • The best way to maximize your college savings?

    Start early and save often. You can get started today with easy online enrollment.

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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Eligible educational institution, beneficiary, or account owner, as directed by the account owner.

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

Accepts requests to transfer account ownership.

Documents, Access & Reporting

Does participant have online password-protected access to account?

Yes

Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?

Yes

Documents and other services accessible or downloadable on the program's public Web site:

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Contact

Telephone:

1-866-734-4530

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Start saving for your child's future today


Step 1

Click the blue Enroll Now button to the right

Step 2

Complete the online application and make your first deposit

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