Achieve Montana highlights

Here is a quick-reference table of the advantages of Achieve Montana. (For additional information, click on the links.)

Tax benefits
  • Earnings grow tax deferred
  • Qualified withdrawals are tax free1
  • Contribute $15,000 for each beneficiary annually without incurring a federal gift tax ($30,000 if married and making a proper election).
  • Estate planning: Reduce your personal taxable estate through accelerated gifting: Make five years' worth of gifts for each beneficiary (up to $75,000; $150,000 if married and making a proper election) in one lump sum2
Special tax benefits for Montana taxpayers
  • Contributions you make to an Achieve Montana account may be eligible as a yearly deduction from adjusted gross income of up to $3,000 per taxpayer per year ($6,000 for those married, filing jointly), in computing Montana state income tax.3
Low initial contribution
  • It only takes $25 to open an account ($15 with payroll direct deposit, where available)
High maximum
  • The maximum aggregate balance of all accounts in 529 plans sponsored by the State of Montana for the same beneficiary is $396,000
Low cost
  • Achieve Montana portfolios have asset-based fees ranging from 0.67% - 0.83% (depending on the investments you choose); a $25 annual account maintenance fee is waived for account owners who are Montana residents, use an automatic investment plan (AIP), take advantage of payroll deduction through their employer, or maintain an account balance of at least $25,000
  • Use at any eligible 2- or 4-year college, vocational/technical school, or graduate school anywhere in the country - not just in Montana
  • Use for tuition; mandatory fees, books, supplies, and equipment; and certain room and board costs1
Easy to manage
  • Manage your account online, including making contributions, reallocations, and qualified withdrawals, update account information, and more
Programs to help you save even more
  • Ugift®: Invite family and friends to celebrate with gift contributions
  • Upromise®: Earn college savings on everyday purchases4
Range of investment choices
Professional investment management
  • Investment Options invest in mutual funds and other investments from Vanguard Group, Inc., a leader in low-cost mutual funds, mutual funds from Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, an innovator in building investment solutions based on the science of capital markets, and an FDIC-insured savings option5 from First National Bank of Omaha
We're here to help
  • Call us at 1-877-486-9271 Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT

1 Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals are subject to federal income tax and may be subject to a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

2 In the event the donor does not survive the five-year period, a pro-rated amount will revert to the donor's taxable estate.

3 Contributions to an Achieve Montana account owned by the taxpayer, the taxpayer's spouse or the taxpayer's child or stepchild (if the child or stepchild is a Montana resident at the time of the contribution) are deductible in computing Montana adjusted gross income for the tax year in which they are made. Contributions may be subject to recapture in certain circumstances, such as a non-qualified withdrawal or a withdrawal or distribution from an account that was opened within three years prior to the date of the withdrawal or distribution (Recaptured Withdrawal). If the account owner is no longer a Montana resident at the time of a Recaptured Withdrawal, the Program Manager or its service provider may withhold the potential recapture tax from a Recaptured Withdrawal.

4 Upromise is an optional service offered by Upromise, Inc., is separate from Achieve Montana, and is not affiliated with the State of Montana. Terms and conditions apply to the Upromise service. Participating companies, contribution levels, and terms and conditions are subject to change at any time without notice. Transfers from Upromise to an Achieve Montana account are subject to a $25 minimum.
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5 The Savings Portfolio will invest 100% of its assets in a savings account at First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). The account will be held in an omnibus savings account insured by the FDIC, which is held in trust by the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education at FNBO. Contributions to and earnings on the investments in the Savings Portfolio will be insured by the FDIC on a pass-through basis to each account owner up to the maximum amount set by federal law, currently $250,000. The amount of FDIC insurance provided to an account owner will be based on the total of: (a) the value of an account owner's investment in the Savings Portfolio; and (b) the value of all other accounts held by the account owner at FNBO, as determined by FNBO and FDIC regulations.