The Texas College Savings plan, managed by Orion Advisor Solutions, Inc. (previously known as NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC) offers age-based investment options, three risk-based portfolios 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
Investors in Texas College Savings Plan can select from the following investment options. Click on a portfolio name for more information.
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.