Maryland 529 -- College Investment Plan NEW! PDF ReportPRO


Maryland's College Investment Plan is a direct-sold 529 plan available to residents of any state, and offers investment options from T. Rowe Price. Maryland residents may enjoy a state tax deduction for contributions to the plan.

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Program type:


How to enroll:

Enroll directly with the program.

Initial year of operation:


State agency(ies):

College Savings Plans of Maryland

Program manager:

T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Program distributor:

T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

Manager contract term:

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State residency requirements:


Who can be a participant/owner in the program?

U.S. citizens and resident aliens, UGMA/UTMA custodians, and legal entities organized in the U.S..

Significant time or age restrictions imposed by the program:



Maximum contributions:

Accepts contributions until all account balances in Maryland's 529 plans for the same beneficiary reach $350,000.

Minimum contributions:

The minimum contribution requirements are a lump sum of $250 or, signing up for automatic monthly contributions of at least $25. The minimum for subsequent contributions is $25. .

Investment Options

Age-based investment options:

The Enrollment-Based Portfolios contain 8 portfolios of underlying mutual funds, ranging from 100% equity to 20% equity. Contributions are placed into the portfolio corresponding to the number of years to expected enrollment based on the age of the beneficiary or as selected by the account owner. 7 portfolios shift to a more conservative investment allocation over time, eventually transferring to the Portfolio for College.

Static investment options:

Select among 2 multi-fund portfolios (Equity Portfolio and Balanced Portfolio) and 4 individual-fund portfolios (U.S. Treasury Money Market Portfolio, Inflation Focused Bond Portfolio, Bond and Income Portfolio, and Global Equity Market Index Portfolio).

Underlying investments:

T. Rowe Price mutual funds.

Underlying fund allocations:

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Portfolio Fees & Performance Lookup

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Fees & Expenses

Enrollment or application fee:


Account maintenance fee:


Program management fees:

0.05% Trust Fee

Expenses of the underlying investments:

Ranges from 0.35% to 0.69% (portfolio weighted average).

Total asset-based expense ratio:

0.40% - 0.74%

Taxes and other Benefits

Program match on contributions:

Individuals who open or have opened a new Maryland College Investment Plan (MCIP) after December 31, 2016, file an application prior June 1, 2018, and make at least the minimum contribution to the account, may receive a $250 contribution by the State. To be eligible, the Beneficiary must be a Maryland resident, the account owner's Maryland state taxable income cannot exceed $112,500 (if filing as an individual) or $175,000 (if married filing jointly). You must make the minimum contribution of $25, $100, or $250, based on your household income, between July 1 and November 1. If you receive a State contribution for a beneficiary in a given year, you are not eligible in that year for the state income deduction for contributions that you made for that beneficiary.

State tax deduction or credit for contributions:

Contributions to the Maryland College Investment Plan of up to $2,500 per beneficiary per year by an individual, and up to $5,000 per beneficiary per year by married taxpayers are deductible in computing Maryland taxable income, with a 10-year carryforward of excess contributions. Account owners and contributors are eligible for the deduction. Rollover contributions are deductible if not previously deducted. Contribution deadline is December 31 postmark.

State tax recapture provisions:

The principal portion of nonqualified withdrawals from this plan are included in Maryland taxable income to the extent of prior Maryland tax deductions. Rollovers are not subject to recapture.

State definition of qualified expenses

The state conforms with the federal definition of qualified education expenses, which includes expenses for higher education, as well as up to $10,000 per year in tuition in connection with enrollment or attendance at an elementary or secondary public, private, or religious school.

State tax treatment of qualified distributions:

Qualified distributions from Maryland and non-Maryland 529 plans are exempt.

State tax treatment of rollovers:

Maryland follows federal tax-free treatment.

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?


Does the program have a formal agreement with a rewards program or outside scholarship program?


Statutory protection of an account from creditors:

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Distributions & Terminations

To whom are distributions made payable:

Beneficiary, beneficiary and eligible educational institution jointly, estate of beneficiary, or account owner, as directed by the account owner.

Account Changes

Policy regarding participant/owner changes:

Accepts requests to transfer account ownership.

Documents, Access & Reporting

Does participant have online password-protected access to account?


Can the complete enrollment process including funding be done online?

Yes,, initial funding may be completed online by signing up for automatic monthly contribution; an initial lump sum contribution requires the plan participant to send a check.

Documents and other services accessible or downloadable on the program's public Web site:

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