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.
- Program typeSavings
- Inception2002, but substantially changed in November 2007. Orion replaced Oppenheimer as plan manager in September 2014.
- State agencyTexas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerOrion Advisor Solutions, Inc.
- Program distributorNorthern 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 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.
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Fees & Expenses
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Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filersNone
- Tax deduction for joint filersNone
Texas 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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