Bright Start Receives Elite Gold Rating From Morningstar!*

MorningStar Gold Since 2017

Here’s what Morningstar had to say about Bright Start in October 2020:

“The Illinois Bright Start Direct-Sold College Savings Program boasts an impressive fund lineup, strong plan oversight, and competitive fees. It remains a top choice for college savers and retains its Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold. Illinois residents also enjoy further benefits–contributions up to $10,000 can be deducted when calculating state income taxes”

*Morningstar analyzed and rated 61 plans nationwide. Bright Start was one of only three plans to get Gold, the highest rating currently achieved by any plan. Analyst ratings for 529 college savings plans consider: Process, People, Parent, and Price. Based on their conclusions, analysts will assign pillar scores. Morningstar analysts retain discretion to override scores if they believe a unique characteristic justifies a different rating than the score suggests. The Morningstar Analyst Rating™ is a subjective evaluation and is not a credit or risk rating. The Analyst Rating scale is Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, and Negative. ©2020 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein:(1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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