It’s easy to roll over your out-of-state 529 plan into Bright Start. Take advantage of all the great benefits this top-rated college savings plan has to offer.
Before you rollover your existing 529 College Savings Plan, be sure to compare Bright Start with your existing 529 plan.
*The Morningstar Analyst Rating™ is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by Morningstar’s manager research group, which consists of various Morningstar, Inc. subsidiaries (“Manager Research Group”). In the United States, that subsidiary of Morningstar Research Services LLC, which is registered with and governed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Manager Research Group evaluates each plan’s investment options within the context of their objectives and peer groups, with emphasis placed on the options with the most assets. Plans are evaluated based on four key pillars, including process, people, parent, and price. The Manager Research Group uses this four pillar evaluation to determine which plans they believe are likely to adhere to industry best practices and feature investment options that are likely to collectively outperform relevant peers on a risk-adjusted basis over the long term. They consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, and the weight of each pillar is as follows: 30% for Process, People, and Parent, and 10% for Price. The Morningstar Analyst Rating scale is Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, and Negative. Plans that receive Morningstar Analyst Ratings of Gold, Silver, or Bronze for the most part follow industry best practices, offering some combination of the following attractive features: a strong set of underlying investments, a solid manager selection process, a well-researched asset-allocation approach, an appropriate set of investment options to meet investor needs, low fees, and strong oversight from the state and program manager. State income tax benefits vary widely from state to state, and some states have no state tax benefit for investing in a 529 plan. Given the variability of state tax benefits for investors based on personal considerations such as residency, income level, size and frequency of contributions, and other factors, we do not treat tax benefits as a predictor of performance, and therefore it is not included in our ratings assessment. Morningstar Analyst Ratings are continuously monitored and reevaluated annually. For more detailed information about Morningstar’s Analyst Rating for 529 College-Savings Plans, including its methodology, please go to https://www.morningstar.com/content/dam/marketing/shared/pdfs/Research/Morningstar_Analyst_Rating_Methodology_071020.pdf.
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The Bright Start Direct-Sold College Savings Program is sponsored by the State of Illinois and administered
by the Illinois State Treasurer, as Trustee. Union Bank & Trust Company serves as Program Manager. Balances
in your Bright Start account are not guaranteed or insured by Bright Start, the State of Illinois, the
Illinois State Treasurer, any other state or federal agency, Union Bank & Trust Company or any of its
affiliates, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (except as provided in the Program Disclosure
Statement solely with respect to the FDIC-insured bank deposit Underlying Investment), or any other entity.
An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before
investing. This and other important information is contained in the Bright Start Direct-Sold College
Program Disclosure Statement which can be obtained at
BrightStart.com and should be read carefully before investing. You can lose money by investing in a
portfolio. Each of the portfolios involves investment risks, which are described in the Program Disclosure Statement.
Before you invest, consider whether your or the beneficiary’s home state offers any state tax or
other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only
available for investments in that state’s 529 plan.
NOT FDIC INSURED* | NO BANK GUARANTEE | MAY LOSE VALUE
*Except the Bank Savings Underlying Investment