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CollegeAccess 529 (Advisor-sold)

The South Dakota CollegeAccess 529 advisor-sold only plan offers age-based, static asset allocation, and individual fund portfolio options utilizing a large array of investment managers including Allianz Global Investors U.S., DFA, Dodge & Cox, Dreyfus/The Boston Co., Metropolitan West, Morgan Stanley, PIMCO, TIAA and Voya. To find a financial advisor in your area, use the Directory of Financial Professionals.

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  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2002
  • State agency
    South Dakota Investment Council
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Allianz Global Investors Distributors LLC
  • Program distributor
    Allianz Global Investors Distributors LLC
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for SD residents

This is a very good program that offers valuable benefits but may have some limitations or concerns that investors need to know.

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.'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.

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Each plan's performance score is developed directly from'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.


State residency requirements:


Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

U.S. citizens and resident aliens at least 18 years old (individually or as joint owners), UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities.

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:



Maximum contributions:

Accepts contributions until all account balances in South Dakota's 529 plan for the same beneficiary reach $350,000.

Minimum contributions:

With lump-sum contributions, the minimum initial contribution is $1,000 ($250 per investment option), and the minimum subsequent contribution is $50 per investment option. With the automatic investment plan, the minimum initial contribution is $250 and the minimum subsequent contribution level is $50 per month.

Investment Options

Age-based investment options:

The Age-Based Option consists of 9 portfolios of underlying mutual funds. Contributions are placed into the portfolio corresponding to the age of the beneficiary or the anticipated years to matriculation, and later reassigned to more conservative portfolios as the beneficiary approaches college age.View more age-based investment options

Static investment options:

Select among 3 multi-fund portfolios (Diversified Equity, Diversified Bond, and Ultrashort Bond) and 12 individual fund portfolios.View more static investment options

Underlying investments:

Mutual funds managed by Allianz, DFA, Dodge & Cox, Dreyfus/The Boston Co., Metropolitan West, Morgan Stanley, PIMCO, TIAA and Voya.View a full list of this plan's investment options

Underlying fund allocations:


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Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

None, but contributions may be subject to a sales charge depending on share class.

Account maintenance fee:

$5 per quarter for accounts with less than $20,000. The fee is waived for participants with an automatic investment plan, accounts where a common owner has accounts aggregating over $50,000 of value, and for South Dakota residents.

Program management fees:

0.25% manager fee (waived for SD residents), plus distribution/servicing fees of 0.35% (Classes A and SD-A), 1.10% (Class C), or 1.00% (Class SD-C). Distribution/servicing fees for PIMCO Short Asset Investment & Ultrashort Bond portfolios: 0.10% (Class A and SD-A), 0.85% (Class C), or 0.75% (Class SD-C).

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Ranges from 0.46% to 0.54% (portfolio weighted average) in the age-based, 0.41% to 0.46% in the static multi-fund portfolios, and 0.29% to 0.93% in the individual-fund portfolios.

Total asset-based expense ratio:

Class A: 0.64% - 1.53%
Class C: 0.64% - 2.28%
Class SD-A: 0.39% - 1.28%
Class SD-C: 0.39% - 2.03%

Broker loads and commissions:


Breakpoint pricing:


Does breakpoint pricing include non-529 assets under rights of accumulation policies


Taxes and other Benefits

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


South Dakota doesn't offer tax deductions

Program match on contributions:


State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

Not applicable. South Dakota 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. South Dakota does not have a personal income tax.

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?


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:


Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Account owner, beneficiary, eligible educational institution, or third-party, 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?


Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?


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






Telephone for broker use:


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