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Wisconsin's Edvest is a direct-sold 529 college savings plan available to residents of any state, and offers low minimums and a variety of investment options from TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price and others. Wisconsin residents may enjoy a state tax deduction for contributions to the plan.
- Program typeSavings
- Inception1997, but substantially changed in 2012
- State agencyWisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
- Tax deduction
- Program ManagerTIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc.
- Program distributorTIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC
- Manager contract termUNLOCK PRO
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?U.S. citizens and resident aliens of legal age, 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 Wisconsin's 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $488,000.
Minimum contributions:$25 per investment option, or $15 per investment option with the automatic contribution plan.
Age-based investment options:The Age-Based Option is offered in 2 different risk levels, each containing 9 portfolios of underlying mutual funds. Contributions are placed into the portfolio corresponding to the number of years to expected enrollment, and later reassigned to more conservative portfolios as the beneficiary approaches college enrollment.View more age-based investment options
Static investment options:Select among 3 index-based multi-fund portfolios (Aggressive, Moderate, Conservative), 3 active-based multi-fund portfolios (Aggressive, Moderate, Conservative), two additional multi-fund portfolios, 5 individual-fund portfolios, a bank CD Portfolio and a principal plus interest portfolio that guarantees an annual interest rate of 1% - 3%.View more static investment options
Underlying investments:Mutual funds managed by TIAA-CREF, DFA, MetWest, T. Rowe Price and Franklin Templeton.View a full list of this plan's investment options
Underlying fund allocations:UNLOCK PRO
Portfolio Fees & Performance LookupUNLOCK PRO
Fees & Expenses
Enrollment or application fee:None.
Account maintenance fee:None.
Program management fees:0.08% management fee. The state administrative fee of 0.10% is currently being waived. The management and state fees do not apply to the Principal Plus Interest Portfolio.
Expenses of the underlying investments:Ranges from 0.07% to 0.33% (portfolio weighted average) in the age-based and static multi-fund portfolios, 0.06% to 0.19% in the individual-fund portfolios (N/A for the Principal Plus Interest Portfolio). The CD option has no underlying expense beyond the management and state administration fee.
Total asset-based expense ratio:0.08% - 0.41%
Taxes and other Benefits
- Tax deduction for single filers$3,200/yr
- Tax deduction for joint filers$3,200/yr
Married filing jointly residents contributing $100/month can expect an additional $0 a year in tax savings.