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my529, formerly named Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP), is a direct-sold 529 college savings plan available to residents of any state. my529 offers investment options consisting of Vanguard and Dimensional funds, the PIMCO Interest Income Fund and an FDIC-insured account option. Utah residents may enjoy a state tax credit for contributions to the plan.
- Program typeSavings
- State agencyUtah Higher Education Assistance Authority
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerUtah Higher Education Assistance Authority
- Program distributorNot applicable.
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Ratings & Rankings
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.
Each plan's performance score is developed directly from Savingforcollege.com's Quarterly 529 Performance Rankings. A 529 savings plan must have at least one year of performance history before they will be assigned a 5-cap rating. For those plans that are not part of our quarterly performance rankings, such as plans offering a single set of bank-based investment options, we assign a performance score by evaluating the returns currently available on similar types of investments outside of 529 plans.
State residency requirements:None
Who can be a participant/owner in the program?Individuals at least 18 years old, UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities.
Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:None. The requirement that distributions begin by a certain age or date was removed in 2008.
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Maximum contributions:Accepts contributions until all account balances in Utah's 529 plan for the same beneficiary reach $485,000.
Minimum contributions:No minimum.
Age-based investment options:Four age-based investment options, with different underlying investments and risk levels, are offered. Contributions are allocated among the underlying investments according to the option selected and the age of the beneficiary, and are reallocated to become more conservative as the beneficiary approaches college age. A fifth, the Customized Age-Based investment option allows for a customized account asset allocation from as many as 30 underlying investments, and automatically reallocates to a new customized underlying investment allocation each time the beneficiary's age qualifies for the next of ten possible age brackets.View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:Eight static investment options are offered, allowing selection among one individual-fund index portfolio, one fixed income multi-fund portfolio, four equity-index multi-fund portfolios, an FDIC-insured account held in trust by my529 at Sallie Mae Bank and U.S. Bank National Association (U.S. Bank), and the State Treasurers' Investment Fund (one for Non-Utah residents and one for Utah residents). A ninth, the Customized Static Option, allows for a customized mix of investments using as many as 30 underlying fund choices.View more static investment options
Underlying investments:20 Vanguard mutual funds, 10 Dimensional mutual funds, the PIMCO Interest Income Fund, FDIC-insured accounts held in trust by my529 at Sallie Mae Bank and U.S. Bank National Association (U.S. Bank), and the Utah Public Treasurers' Investment Fund.View a full list of this plan's investment options
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Fees & Expenses
Enrollment or application fee:None.
Account maintenance fee:None
Program management fees:Ranges from 0.11% to 0.19%, except the State Public Treasurers' Investment Fund incurs no additional expenses for Utah residents.
Expenses of the underlying investments:Ranges from 0.016% to 0.05%, except the State Public Treasurers' Investment Fund and the FDIC-Insured option incur no additional expenses. 0% to 0.393% for Customized Investment Options.
Total asset-based expense ratio:0.150% - 0.196% (Utah residents 0.000% - 0.196%) for my529 investment options excluding the Customized Age-Based and the Customized Static options. The Customized Static and Age-Based options range is 0.19% - 0.583%, depending on the investment mix selected by the account owner.
Taxes and other Benefits
- For single filers, 5% on up to $2,000/yr
- For joint filers, 5% on up to $4,000/yr
Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.