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SMART529 WV Direct College Savings Plan
The West Virginia SMART529 WV Direct College Savings Plan, available on a direct basis to those who meet certain West Virginia residency requirements, features a menu of age-based and static portfolio options utilizing index funds from Vanguard as well as an Invesco stable value portfolio option. Accounts can be linked to the Upromise rewards service.
- Program typeSavings
- State agencyState Treasurer's Office under the authority of the West Virginia College Prepaid Tuition and Savings Program Board of Trustees
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerHartford Funds Management Company, LLC
- Program distributorHartford Funds Distributors, LLC
- Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO
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Our overall rating for non-residents
This program is not open to you either because it has residency requirements or because it has stopped accepting new enrollments.
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:The account owner or designated beneficiary must have a West Virginia mailing address or be a West Virginia resident on active duty in the U.S. armed forces.
Who can be a participant/owner in the program?U.S. citizens and resident aliens at least 18 years old, UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities.
Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:None
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Maximum contributions:Accepts contributions until all account balances in West Virginia's 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $400,000.
Minimum contributions:No minimum.
Age-based investment options:The Age-Based Portfolios option consists of 9 portfolios of underlying mutual funds with varying risk tolerances. Contributions are placed into the portfolio corresponding to the beneficiary's age, and later reassigned to more conservative portfolios as the beneficiary approaches college age.View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:Select among 5 multi-fund portfolios (Aggressive Growth, Growth, Balanced, Conservative Balanced, and Conservative Bond), the SMART529 Stable Value portfolio and the SMART529 500 Index Fund.View more static investment options
Underlying investments:Vanguard mutual funds and Invesco Stable Value portfolioView 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:0.08%.
Expenses of the underlying investments:Ranges from 0.04% to 0.14%.
Total asset-based expense ratio:0.12% to 0.22%
Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filersNo limit
- Tax deduction for joint filersNo limit
Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.
Program match on contributions:The SMART529 Bright Babies Program (effective 8/1/15) provides a one-time incentive contribution in the amount of $100 per designated beneficiary born or adopted on or after 1/1/15. The designated beneficiary must be a resident of West Virginia and the account must be opened within one year of the birth/adoption date.
The SMART529 Matching Grant Program (discontinued for new applications as of 8/31/15) provides matching grants to eligible West Virginia families in an amount up to $500 per designated beneficiary per year, up to a lifetime maximum of $2,500 per designated beneficiary, with a dollar for dollar match.