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Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Advisor-sold)

South Carolina's Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Advisor-sold) features an extensive menu of age-based and static portfolio options utilizing mutual funds from Columbia and a number of other fund families. Although sharing the same program name, the advisor-sold Future Scholar is significantly different from South Carolina's direct-sold Future Scholar, using actively-managed funds and index funds. To find a financial advisor in your area, use the Directory of Financial Professionals.


  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2002
  • State agency
    Office of the State Treasurer
  • Tax deduction
    Tax deduction for single filers No limit
    Tax deduction for joint filers No limit
  • Program Manager
    Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc.
  • Program distributor
    Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc.
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Investors in Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Advisor-sold) can select from the following investment options. Click on a portfolio name for more information.

Use the form below to filter through the investment options in this plan

Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%

Age Based Investment Options

Sometimes referred to as the enrollment-based option, this is an investment approach where your asset allocation is programmed to change over time. Accounts for young beneficiaries are invested aggressively and accounts for beneficiaries with college right around the corner are invested much more conservatively. In some 529 plans, the age-based option operates by automatically transferring your investment from one static portfolio to another at certain points in time. Others utilize lifecycle funds or employ lifecycle-type tactics within the portfolio containing your investment so that it is not necessary to transfer your investment between portfolios.

Static Investment Options

This refers to an investment option that is not programmed to change over time. The individual fund portfolio and multi-fund portfolio described below are static options. So are many portfolios that do not use mutual funds, such as stable-value options, guaranteed options, CD options, etc.

PortfolioE.R% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
Columbia Aggressive Growth 529 Portfolio0.97%93%11.37%152 of 308
Columbia College 529 Portfolio0.66%0%-0.19%25 of 33
Columbia Conservative 529 Portfolio0.7%17%2.13%10 of 33
Columbia Growth 529 Portfolio0.96%83%10.48%176 of 308
Columbia Moderate Growth 529 Portfolio0.92%63%7.47%20 of 34
Columbia Moderate 529 Portfolio0.91%53%5.87%16 of 37
Columbia Moderately Conservative 529 Portfolio0.85%33%3.38%13 of 19

Individual Investment Options

Sometimes called a single-fund option, this is a portfolio invested in a single mutual fund. Often the name of the 529 portfolio is very similar to the name of the underlying mutual fund. A large number of broker-sold 529s offer an extensive line-up of individual fund options, while a smaller number of direct-sold 529s offer them.

Use the form below to filter through the investment options in this plan

Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%