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Oklahoma College Savings Plan

Oklahoma College Savings Plan, a TIAA-managed 529 savings program features three age-based options, three equity options, a balanced option, a fixed income option, and a guaranteed option.

Our Ratingx

4 of 5

Fee Scorex

3.5 of 5

Performancex

3 of 5

  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2000
  • State agency
    Oklahoma College Savings Plan Board of Trustees
  • Tax deduction
    Tax deduction for single filers $10,000/yr
    Tax deduction for joint filers $20,000/yr
  • Program Manager
    TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc.
  • Program distributor
    TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC
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Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for OK 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.


3.97of 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:

None

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

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

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

None

Contributions

Maximum contributions:

Accepts contributions until all account balances in Oklahoma 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $300,000.

Minimum contributions:

The minimum initial contribution is $100 per investment option, and the minimum subsequent contribution is $25 per investment option via bank transfer or $15 per investment option via payroll deduction.

Investment Options

Age-based investment options:

Three Managed Allocation Options (Conservative, Moderate, and Aggressive) each contain 6 portfolios of underlying mutual funds. Contributions are placed into the portfolio corresponding to the beneficiary's age and later reassigned to more conservative portfolios as the beneficiary approaches college age.View more age-based investment options

Static investment options:

Select among 4 multi-fund options (Diversified Equity, Global Equity Index, Balanced, and Fixed Income), 1 individual fund option ( U.S. Equity Index) and the Guaranteed Option.View more static investment options

Underlying investments:

TIAA-CREF institutional mutual funds; the Guaranteed Option is invested in a funding agreement with TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company that guarantees principal and a minimum rate based on the average five-year Constant Maturity Treasury Rate reported by the Federal Reserve.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:

0.30% manager fee. No fee for the Guaranteed Option.

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Ranges from 0.05% to 0.13% (portfolio weighted average) in the age-based portfolios, and from 0.05% to 0.48% in the static multi-fund portfolios. None in the Guaranteed Option.

Total asset-based expense ratio:

0.35% - 0.78%. None for the Guaranteed Option.

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:

None.,

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

Contributions to an Oklahoma 529 plan, including rollover contributions, of up to $10,000 per year by an individual, and up to $20,000 per year by a married couple filing jointly, are deductible in computing Oklahoma taxable income, with a five-year carryforward of excess contributions. Contribution deadline is April 15 of the following year.

State tax recapture provisions:

The principal portion of nonqualified withdrawals from this plan, and of rollovers to another 529 plan within one year of the date of contribution, are included in Oklahoma taxable income to the extent of prior Oklahoma tax deductions. A nonqualified withdrawal or rollover in the same year as the contribution will reduce the amount eligible for the Oklahoma deduction. A nonqualified withdrawal or rollover during the five-year carryover period will reduce the amount of any carryover deduction. Nonqualified withdrawals for this purpose do not include withdrawals made as the result of the beneficiary's death or disability or withdrawals made on account of the beneficiary's receipt of a scholarship.

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:

Qualified distributions from Oklahoma and non-Oklahoma 529 plans are exempt.

State tax treatment of rollovers:

Oklahoma follows federal tax-free treatment except that outbound rollovers made within 12 months of the date of contribution are subject to the recapture of prior state tax deductions.

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

Effective November 1, 2008, money in an Oklahoma 529 plan account is no longer considered in calculating eligibility for TANF, Food Stamps or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Eligible educational institution 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

Website:

http://www.ok4saving.org

Telephone:

1-877-654-7284

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