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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 a range of fund companies including Vanguard, DFA, and Primecap, and an interest bearing account option with First Tennessee Bank.


  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2012
  • State agency
    State of Tennessee Department of Treasury and the Baccalaureate Education System Trust Board of Trustees
  • Tax deduction
    Tax deduction for single filers None
    Tax deduction for joint filers None
  • Program Manager
    State of Tennessee Department of Treasury
  • Program distributor
    Not applicable.
  • Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO

Investors in TNStars College Savings 529 Program can select from the following investment options. Click on a portfolio name for more information.

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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% Equity1YR PerformanceRank
Age-Based 0-40.35%100%11.26%49 of 53
Age-Based 5-100.35%65%8.16%51 of 65
Age-Based 11-140.35%40%3.95%71 of 100
Age-Based 15-170.35%20%1.70%37 of 83
Age-Based 18+0.35%0%-1.41%81 of 81

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
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.

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

Child age


Max Expense Ratio:2.5%