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Texas College Savings Plan

The Texas College Savings plan, managed by Orion Advisor Solutions, Inc. (previously known as NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC) offers two age-based investment options and seven static options using underlying investments managed by Artisan, DFA, Dodge & Cox, Dreyfus, Invesco, T. Rowe Price, TIAA-CREF, and Vanguard.

Fee Score

3 / 5

Performance

3 / 5
  • Program type
    Savings
  • Inception
    2002, but substantially changed in November 2007. Orion replaced Oppenheimer as plan 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

Ratings & Rankings

Our overall rating for TX 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.

SAVING FOR COLLEGE’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.

Eligibility

State residency requirements:

Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:

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Contributions

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Investment Options

Age-based/Enrollment Year investment options:

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Static investment options:

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Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:

Account maintenance fee:

Program management fees:

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Total asset-based expense ratio:

Taxes and other Benefits

  • Tax deduction for single filers
    None
  • Tax deduction for joint filers
    None

Note

Texas doesn't offer tax deductions

Program match on contributions:

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

State definition of qualified expenses

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

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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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

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:

Contact

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Telephone:

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