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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.

Our Ratingx

4 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

3.5 of 5

  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2012
  • State agency
    State of Tennessee Department of Treasury and the Baccalaureate Education System Trust Board of Trustees
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    State of Tennessee Department of Treasury
  • Program distributor
    Not applicable.

Investors in TNStars College Savings 529 Program 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.

PortfolioE.R.x% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
Age-Based 0-20.25%100%N/AN/A
Age-Based 3-40.25%87.5%N/AN/A
Age-Based 5-60.25%75%N/AN/A
Age-Based 7-80.25%62.5%N/AN/A
Age-Based 9-100.25%50%N/AN/A
Age-Based 11-120.25%37.5%N/AN/A
Age-Based 13-140.25%25%N/AN/A
Age-Based 15-160.25%12.5%N/AN/A
Age-Based 17-180.25%5%N/AN/A
Age-Based 19+0.25%0%N/AN/A
Age-Based 0-4 (closed 8/19/19)0.35%100%2.9%54 of 55
Age-Based 5-10 (closed 8/19/19)0.35%65%10.18%1 of 92
Age-Based 11-14 (closed 8/19/19)0.35%40%6.83%40 of 120
Age-Based 15-17 (closed 8/19/19)0.35%20%7.24%92 of 122
Age-Based 18+ (closed 8/19/19)0.35%0%7.5%78 of 80

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.x% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
Sorry. No investment options found with an expense ratio lower than 2.5%

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.

PortfolioE.R.x% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
TN Core Plus Bond Fund0.65%0%N/AN/A
TN Emerging Markets Stock Fund0.34%100%N/AN/A
TN High-Yield Corporate Fund0.33%0%N/AN/A
TN Real Estate Fund0.32%100%N/AN/A
TN Short-Term Corporate Fund0.27%0%N/AN/A
TN Total International Bond Fund0.27%0%N/AN/A
TN Total Stock Market Fund0.23%100%10.05%37 of 235
TN Aggressive Growth Fund0.84%100%0.5%85 of 235
TN Total International Stock Fund0.28%100%0.21%199 of 235
TN Short-Term Inflation Protected Securities Fund0.24%0%5.56%58 of 70
TN Total Bond Fund0.24%0%7.51%35 of 70
TN Vanguard Intermediate-Term Investment-Grade Fund Admiral Shares (closed 8/19/19)0.35%0%9.27%51 of 70
TN Vanguard Intermediate-Term Treasury Fund Admiral Shares (closed 8/19/19)0.35%0%7.53%11 of 70
TN Balanced Fund0.37%65%10.18%3 of 50
TN Vanguard LifeStrategy Conservative Growth Fund (closed 8/19/19)0.35%40%6.83%32 of 39
TN Vanguard LifeStrategy Income Fund (closed 8/19/19)0.35%20%7.24%64 of 70
TN Interest Bearing Account0%0%N/A68 of 68
TN US Large Cap Value Fund0.76%100%2.9%179 of 235
TN Small Cap Fund0.25%100%-5.49%188 of 235

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

Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%