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LoneStar 529 Plan

The program management of Texas' Lonestar 529 Plan was assumed by Orion Advisor Solutions, Inc. (previously known as NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC) in September 2014. The plan offers an age-based option, two multi-fund portfolios, and 10 individual fund portfolios. To find a financial advisor in your area, use the Directory of Financial Professionals.

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  • Program typeSavings
  • Inception2002, but substantially changed in November 2007. Orion replaced Oppenheimer as program manager in September 2014.
  • State agency
    Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board
  • Tax deduction
  • Program Manager
    Orion Advisor Solutions, Inc.
  • Program distributor
    Northern Lights Distributors, LLC.

Investors in LoneStar 529 Plan 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 0-6 Years Portfolio1.43%90%15.72%19 of 27
Age Based 7-9 Years Portfolio1.36%70%14.76%17 of 21
Age Based 10-11 Years Portfolio1.31%60%13.65%16 of 18
Age Based 12-14 Years Portfolio1.27%50%14.11%34 of 38
Age Based 15-17 Years Portfolio1.15%30%10.42%29 of 31
Age Based 18 Years and Over Portfolio1.02%10%6.7%33 of 33

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
100% Equity Portfolio1.46%100%16.57%192 of 321
Balanced Portfolio1.31%60%13.71%26 of 37

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
Large Cap Growth Portfolio1.43%100%38.54%9 of 321
Large Cap Value Portfolio1.62%100%10.02%282 of 321
Small Cap Portfolio1.24%100%9.97%252 of 321
Socially Responsible Portfolio1.05%100%19.33%109 of 321
Large Cap Passive Portfolio0.93%100%17.38%76 of 321
All Cap Active Portfolio1.73%100%35.6%3 of 321
Fixed Income Portfolio1.02%0%6.69%38 of 102
Non-U.S. Equity Portfolio1.65%100%4.5%286 of 321
Inflation Protected Bond Portfolio0.99%0%10.56%69 of 102
U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio0.66%0%0.38%5 of 30

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

Child age

Max Expense Ratio:2.5%