Ohio 529 College Savings Plan – CollegeAdvantage
About: The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority sponsors and administers CollegeAdvantage, the Ohio 529 college savings program. CollegeAdvantage 529 is available to families in Ohio and throughout the country as a tax-advantaged way to save for the future college expenses of their loved ones. We offer two mutual-fund based plans: the CollegeAdvantage Direct 529 Savings Plan and the CollegeAdvantage Advisor 529 Saving Plan powered by BlackRock.
Phone #: 1-800-233-6734
Investment Options: The investment menu in the Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan features a set of 3 age-based and 16 static investment options using Vanguard funds, a set of age-based options using Vanguard and DFA funds, 2 DFA static investment options, and 2 types of FDIC-insured deposit accounts through Fifth-Third Bank.
Tax Benefits: Contributions, including rollover contributions, to a Ohio 529 plan of up to $2,000 per beneficiary per year (any filing status) are deductible in computing Ohio taxable income, with an unlimited carryforward of excess contributions.
State Residency Requirements: No state residency is required to participate in Ohio 529 College Savings Plans.
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