TNStars College Savings 529 Program
The TNStars College Savings 529 Program is administered by the Tennessee Treasury Department. It features an age-based option, individual investment options with underlying funds from Vanguard, PrimeCap, DoubleLine, and Western Asset, and an interest bearing account option with First Tennessee Bank.
4.5 of 5
4.5 of 5
3.5 of 5
- Program typeSavings
- State agencyState of Tennessee Department of Treasury and the Baccalaureate Education System Trust Board of Trustees
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerState of Tennessee Department of Treasury
- Program distributorNot applicable.
Ratings & Rankings
Our overall rating for TN residents
This is a program that offers outstanding flexibility, attractive investments, and additional economic benefits (such as generous state tax incentives) that for some people, at least, will provide a substantial boost to their savings. There are few, if any, weaknesses noted in the program.
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.
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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Alternative 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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Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filersNone
- Tax deduction for joint filersNone
Tennessee doesn't offer tax deductions
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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?
Is there a rewards program or outside scholarship program that works with this program?
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