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Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan

About Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan

The Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan is a simple and smart way to save for college. It offers you control as the account owner, flexibility in your investment choices and the ability to transfer the account to another designated beneficiary, if needed.

Begin investing when a child is young and savings has the potential to grow over time, tax-deferred, until you're ready to make tax-free withdrawals for college expenses.

Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 facts:

  • Program Manager: Waddell & Reed
  • Plan Established: 2001
  • Established under the Arizona Family College Savings Program, which was established by the State of Arizona as a Qualified state tuition program in accordance with Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Eligibility

  • Any U.S. citizen or resident can open (own), contribute to or be a designated beneficiary of an account.
  • No state residency, age or income restrictions apply to account ownership.

Initial Investment and Contribution Limit

  • Open your account with an initial investment as low as $750 OR
  • Open your account with an initial investment as low as $150 per fund and subsequently, a minimum of $50 per month, when you commit to invest automatically on a regular basis using our Automatic Investment Service.
  • Maximum Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan Account Balance: $396,000 (2013-2014 academic year) per designated beneficiary.

Tax Advantages

  • Earnings: Earnings grow tax deferred at the federal level.
  • Withdrawals: Withdrawals are tax free at the federal level if used for qualified education expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and major supplies. For Arizona residents, withdrawals also are tax free at the state level.
  • Gift and Estate Tax Benefits:
    • There is no gift tax for contributions:
      • Up to $14,000 per designated beneficiary per year ($28,000 for married couples) OR
      • Up to $70,000 ($140,000 for married couples) spread over a five-year period, as long as no additional contributions are made to the same designated beneficiary over the five-year period. To take advantage of this option, you must make an an election on your federal gift tax return for the year of the contribution.

Investment Options – Individual Mutual Funds

If you choose individual portfolios, you can select among 16 individual mutual funds from the Ivy Funds family (by an investment in Class E shares), including domestic and international equity funds, specialty funds, and fixed-income funds. You can learn more by selecting a fund name below.

Investment Options — Age-Based Portfolios

The Age-Based Portfolios are based on a beneficiary's college time horizon and seek an appropriate level of investment risk for that time horizon. Organized as a "fund of funds," the Age-Based Portfolios help diversify your investment among a variety of mutual funds within the Waddell & Reed Advisors Funds family. There are three Age-Based Portfolios:

Each portfolio is a mutual fund registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The balance in an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account is automatically exchanged to a different Age-Based Portfolio within approximately 30 days of the beneficiary's 9th and 16th birthdays.

The Board of Directors of InvestEd Portfolios, (the “Fund”) has established the following target ranges for investment of each Age-Based Portfolio’s assets in specific underlying funds. The Fund’s investment manager, Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company, selects from among the available underlying funds for each portfolio within the target ranges.

Growth Portfolio (Ages 0 through 8)

The range of Growth Portfolio net assets invested in equity funds will be from 65 to 100%; correspondingly, the range of net assets invested in bond and income-producing funds will be from 0 to 35%. Within the ranges, holdings of the following underlying funds may be as follows:

Underlying Fund Minimum Maximum Quarterly Profile
WRA Core Investment Fund 0% 60%
WRA Dividend Opportunities Fund 0% 60%
WRA Value Fund 0% 40%
WRA Cash Management 0% 35%  
WRA International Growth Fund 0% 30%
WRA Vanguard Fund 0% 30%
WRA New Concepts Fund 0% 25%
WRA Bond Fund 0% 25%
WRA Government Securities Fund 0% 25%
WRA High Income Fund 0% 25%
WRA Global Bond Fund 0% 25%
WRA Small Cap Fund 0% 20%

Balanced Portfolio (Ages 9 through 15)

The range of Balanced Portfolio net assets invested in equity funds will be from 40 to 75%; correspondingly, the range of net assets invested in bond and income-producing funds will be from 25 to 60%.

Underlying Fund Minimum Maximum Quarterly Profile
WRA Cash Management 0% 60%  
WRA Dividend Opportunities Fund 0% 50%
WRA Core Investment Fund 0% 40%
WRA Value Fund 0% 30%
WRA Bond Fund 0% 30%
WRA Government Securities Fund 0% 30%
WRA International Growth Fund 0% 25%
WRA Vanguard Fund 0% 25%
WRA High Income Fund 0% 25%
WRA Global Bond Fund 0% 25%
WRA New Concepts Fund 0% 20%

Conservative Portfolio (Ages 16 and older)

The range of Conservative Portfolio net assets invested in equity funds will be from 0 to 40%; correspondingly, the range of net assets invested in bond and income-producing funds will be from 60 to 100%.

Underlying Fund Minimum Maximum Quarterly Profile
WRA Cash Management 0% 100%  
WRA Government Securities Fund 0% 40%
WRA Core Investment Fund 0% 40%
WRA Dividend Opportunities Fund 0% 40%
WRA Value Fund 0% 30%
WRA Global Bond Fund 0% 40%
WRA Bond Fund 0% 40%
WRA High Income Fund 0% 20%

Investment Options — Static Portfolios

The Static Portfolios option offers the three actively managed Age-Based Portfolios but allows you to stay in the portfolio you choose – Growth, Balanced or Conservative without automatically transferring to the next portfolio.

Growth Portfolio

The range of Growth Portfolio net assets invested in equity funds will be from 65 to 100%; correspondingly, the range of net assets invested in bond and income-producing funds will be from 0 to 35%. Within the ranges, holdings of the following underlying funds may be as follows:

Underlying Fund Minimum Maximum Quarterly Profile
WRA Core Investment Fund 0% 60%
WRA Dividend Opportunities Fund 0% 60%
WRA Value Fund 0% 40%
WRA Cash Management 0% 35%  
WRA International Growth Fund 0% 30%
WRA Vanguard Fund 0% 30%
WRA New Concepts Fund 0% 25%
WRA Bond Fund 0% 25%
WRA Government Securities Fund 0% 25%
WRA High Income Fund 0% 20%
WRA Global Bond Fund 0% 25%
WRA Small Cap Fund 0% 20%

Balanced Portfolio

The range of Balanced Portfolio net assets invested in equity funds will be from 40 to 75%; correspondingly, the range of net assets invested in bond and income-producing funds will be from 25 to 60%.

Underlying Fund Minimum Maximum Quarterly Profile
WRA Cash Management 0% 60%  
WRA Dividend Opportunities Fund 0% 50%
WRA Core Investment Fund 0% 40%
WRA Value Fund 0% 30%
WRA Bond Fund 0% 30%
WRA Government Securities Fund 0% 30%
WRA International Growth Fund 0% 25%
WRA Vanguard Fund 0% 25%
WRA High Income Fund 0% 25%
WRA Global Bond Fund 0% 25%
WRA New Concepts Fund 0% 20%

Conservative Portfolio

The range of Conservative Portfolio net assets invested in equity funds will be from 0 to 40%; correspondingly, the range of net assets invested in bond and income-producing funds will be from 60 to 100%.

Underlying Fund Minimum Maximum Quarterly Profile
WRA Cash Management 0% 100%  
WRA Government Securities Fund 0% 40%
WRA Core Investment Fund 0% 40%
WRA Dividend Opportunities Fund 0% 40%
WRA Value Fund 0% 30%
WRA Global Bond Fund 0% 40%
WRA Bond Fund 0% 40%
WRA High Income Fund 0% 20%

We know that making the final decision about funding your family's education may be difficult. To help with making that decision, we've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the plan.

What if my child (or designated beneficiary) receives a scholarship?
What if my child (or designated beneficiary) doesn't go to college?
Does the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan offer estate planning benefits?
I'm invested in another 529 plan. Can I transfer my account to an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan?
Are the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan investments guaranteed?
Can I still contribute to my designated beneficiary's Coverdell Education Savings Account?
Does a college need to be selected when the plan is established?
Can I borrow money against my Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account?
Can my spouse and I set up a joint account?
Can organizations establish Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan scholarship programs?
Who manages the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan?
Is there a minimum amount I must invest to open an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account?
How do I make a withdrawal from my Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account?
What's an "eligible educational institution?"

What if my child (or designated beneficiary) receives a scholarship?

If your child or designated beneficiary receives a scholarship for higher education, the account owner may withdraw an equal amount from your Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan. Although you would pay taxes on the earnings portion of the withdrawal, you would have no federal tax penalties associated with the withdrawal.

Withdrawal amounts that exceed the amount of the scholarship that you DON'T use for qualified higher education expenses of the designated beneficiary will be subject to income taxation on the earnings portion. You may also incur an additional 10% federal penalty on the earnings.1 The taxes will generally be applied at the tax rate of the person for whose benefit the withdrawal is made.

What if my child does not go to college?

One of the advantages of 529 plans is that account owners can change beneficiaries without penalty. If your child chooses not to go to college, you can change beneficiaries without penalty, as long as the new designated beneficiary is a member of the original designated beneficiary's family, as defined by the tax laws.2

If you choose to withdraw the money you have accumulated in your Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account for non-qualified expenses instead of passing it onto a new designated beneficiary, the earnings portion of the non-qualified withdrawal generally will be subject to income tax at the tax rate of the person for whose benefit the withdrawal is made. In addition, a 10% penalty on the earnings will apply.2

Does the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan offer estate planning benefits?

Contributions to the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan can generally be excluded from your taxable estate because the government considers them as completed gifts for federal gift and estate tax purposes.

Account owners can contribute up to $65,000 (or $130,000 per couple filing jointly) without gift tax consequences if an election is made by the account owner to treat the gift as a contribution made in equal payments over a five-year period. If the election is made, gifts made by the account owner to the designated beneficiary during the five-year period may not exceed $65,000 without federal gift tax consequences. To qualify, the account owner will need to file IRS Form 709 to treat the gift as if it were made in equal payments over a five-year period.

In addition, if the account owner dies before the end of the five-year period, the portion of the gift allocable to the years remaining in the five-year period would be included in the account owner's estate for estate tax purposes.

The availability of tax or other benefits may be conditioned on meeting certain requirements, such as residency or purpose for or timing of distributions. Taxes are deferred until withdrawal. The earning portion of a non-qualified withdrawal is subject to a 10% penalty as well as federal and/or state taxes.

I'm invested in another 529 plan. Can I transfer my account to an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan?

Yes, transferring from one 529 plan to another requires completing a 529 Plan Transfer Request Form. You may generally roll over an account without limit if the new account appoints a new designated beneficiary.3 In addition, you may roll over an account with the same designated beneficiary one time during a 12-month period.

Are the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan investments guaranteed?

No. To become more familiar with the risks involved in investing in the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan, please carefully review the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan information contained in this section, including the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan Program Overview, the InvestEd Portfolios prospectus, and the Ivy Funds prospectus.

Can I still contribute to my Designated Beneficiary's Coverdell Education Savings Account?

Yes. Account owners can contribute to both a Coverdell Education Savings Account and a 529 plan in the same year for the same designated beneficiary without penalty, subject to contribution limits.

Does a college need to be selected when the plan is established?

No, but you may want to consider the type of post-secondary education the designated beneficiary plans to pursue.This may be of assistance in determining the amount the designated beneficiary may need for qualifying expenses.

Can I borrow money against my Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account?

No. Interest in the account may not be pledged as security for any kind of loan.

Can my spouse and I set up a joint account?

No. One person must establish each Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account; however, anyone may contribute to the plan once it is established. For example, parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends may pool contributions in one designated beneficiary's account. Although only one person may be indicated as the account owner, a successor account owner should be designated on the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account application in the event of the account owner's death.4

Can organizations establish Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan scholarship programs?

Not-for-profit entities, such as 501c(3) organizations and state and local governments have the ability to set up scholarship accounts within the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan. There are many reasons that not-for-profit entities may find Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan scholarship accounts attractive. No designated beneficiary is named at the time a scholarship account is set up. In addition, there's no maximum contribution limit. At the time the scholarship is awarded, the organization simply completes a transfer of ownership form for the portion of the account they wish to grant to any given recipient. This recipient must use the money for higher education expenses.

Who manages the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan?

The Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan is offered by Waddell & Reed, Inc. as program manager of the Arizona Family College Savings Program (the "Program"). Waddell & Reed, Inc. is one of multiple financial institutions eligible to offer investments under the Program. The InvestEd Portfolios are managed by Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company, while the Ivy Funds are managed by Ivy Investment Management Company, both of which are affiliates of Waddell & Reed, Inc.

Is there a minimum amount I must invest to open an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account?

To open an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account, you must make a minimum initial investment of $750 per fund, and subsequent investments do not have a limit. To establish an account with an automatic monthly investment or Automatic Investment Service (AIS), the initial opening account minimum is $150 per fund, and subsequently, a minimum of $50 per month. To establish an account through payroll deduction or salary deferrals, there are no account minimums.

As with any investment, there can be no assurance that periodic purchases using AIS will produce a profit or protect against investment loss in declining markets. You may open accounts with cash equivalents. Redemptions from other accounts may be taxable transactions.

How do I make a withdrawal from my Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account?

An account owner may withdraw money from an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account by completing the appropriate forms. Withdrawals will be classified as either qualified or non-qualified.

A qualified withdrawal is a withdrawal used for "qualified higher education expenses," which may include tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the enrollment or attendance of a designated designated beneficiary at an eligible educational institution. The term also includes qualified room and board expenses for students who attend an eligible educational institution at least half time.

A non-qualified withdrawal is a withdrawal is not used for qualified higher education expenses. Non-qualified withdrawals are generally subject to income taxes on the earnings portion of the withdrawal and an additional federal tax penalty of 10% on the earnings.

You may also make penalty-free withdrawals if the designated beneficiary receives a scholarship, dies or becomes permanently disabled. There would be a tax on the earnings portion of this type of withdrawal. Please consult your tax advisor for more information about your individual circumstances.

To make any withdrawal from your Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan account, you must complete an Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan Withdrawal Form.

What is an "eligible educational institution?"

An eligible educational institution is defined by federal law, but generally includes college or graduate schools and post-secondary vocational or trade schools that have U.S. accreditation and a financial aid school code. The institution must be eligible for withdrawals to be considered qualified.



1The earnings portion of any non-qualified withdrawals (i.e., generally those not used for qualified higher education expenses) is subject to a federal tax and possibly state tax. In addition, the earnings portion of a non-qualified withdrawal is subject to an additional federal penalty in the form of an additional 10% tax on the earnings portion of the withdrawal. The 10% penalty does not generally apply to certain distributions made after the death or disability of the designated beneficiary or after the receipt of certain scholarships.

2There may be federal gift or generation skipping transfer tax consequences if the new designated beneficiary is a member of a younger generation than the prior designated beneficiary.

3Although the U.S. Department of Education has advised several 529 plans regarding the treatment of accounts in 529 plans for financial aid purposes, the treatment is subject to change by regulations, legislation or otherwise. Specific educational institutions may also treat 529 plan investments in a different manner. Accounts for which the designated beneficiary is also the account owner may be treated as if it were an asset of the parent for financial aid purposes.

4The tax treatment and state law probate treatment of the designation of a successor account owner and the transfer of ownership to such successor is not certain and may vary depending on the particular facts and state law involved.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses associated with the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan carefully before investing. This and other information is found in the InvestEd Portfolios prospectus, and the Ivy Funds prospectus, the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan Program Overview, and the Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan Account Application, all of which can be obtained from your financial advisor. Please read these materials carefully before investing. An investor should also consider before investing whether the investor's or Designated Beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's 529 college savings plan.

Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and it is possible to lose money by investing.

The Ivy Funds InvestEd 529 Plan is offered by Waddell & Reed, Inc. as part of the Arizona Family College Savings Program (the "Program"). Waddell & Reed, Inc. is one of multiple financial institutions eligible to offer investments under the Program. Accounts are not insured by the State of Arizona, the Trust, the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, or any other governmental entity, Waddell & Reed, Inc., or any affiliated or related party, and neither the principal deposited nor the investment return is guaranteed by any of the above referenced parties.

The InvestEd Portfolios are managed by Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company, while the Ivy Funds are managed by Ivy Investment Management Company, both of which are affiliates of Waddell & Reed, Inc. InvestEd Portfolios and the Ivy Funds are distributed by Waddell & Reed, Inc., and Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc., respectively.

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