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Learning Quest 529 Plan

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Get the resources you need to manage your existing Learning Quest plan

Schwab no longer offers the Learning Quest® 529 Education Savings Program to new investors. However, we will continue to support existing Learning Quest accounts. Learning Quest clients can continue to make contributions, change investment portfolio selections (twice per calendar year as authorized by the IRS), take withdrawals, and change beneficiaries—as well as perform other account maintenance. Forms are available at by selecting the "Topics" Tab and then the "College and Custodial Accounts" option.

If you need assistance managing your Learning Quest account please call 888-903-3863.

Learning Quest® 529 Education Savings Program features:

  • Tax-deferred earnings on your investments.
  • Tax-free withdrawals when the money is used for qualified education expenses.
  • No gift tax incurred for contributions up to $75,000 ($150,000 per couple) for each beneficiary in a single year.1
  • State tax benefits for Kansas taxpayers, who may receive a maximum $3,000 ($6,000 per couple) annual state adjusted gross income deduction for contributions made to the program, per beneficiary.
  • Contributions up to $418,000 per beneficiary.2 Contributions may be made to a 529 plan and an education savings account for the same beneficiary in the same year.
Program Information
Minimum Contribution $0
Contribution deadline December 313
Investment Choices
Number of portfolios available Age-Based Tracks: The age-based tracks are based on risk tolerance: aggressive, moderate, or conservative.

Static portfolios: Seven diversified portfolios based on risk tolerance, and 2 single focus portfolios, the “100% Equity Portfolio” and the “Cash and Cash Equivalents Portfolio”.
Underlying funds American Century Investments and Vanguard funds
529 Plan Performance Reports Learning Quest 529 Monthly Performance Report

Learning Quest Quarterly Performance Report

Learning Quest Annual Report
Qualified No penalty when used for beneficiary's qualified education expenses.4

The earnings portion of withdrawals not used for qualified education expenses is taxed as ordinary income and may be subject to a 10% federal penalty tax.5
  • Account is owned by the contributor
  • Account owner selects investment portfolio when initial contribution is made
  • Account owner may change the investment portfolio selection twice per calendar year as authorized by the IRS.
  • Account owner is entitled to select or change designated beneficiary (to a member of the student's family) or even take funds back (may be subject to penalty) if that beneficiary elects not to attend college or receives a scholarship

Fees and Expenses

Annual account maintenance fees
Account maintenance fees $0 fee
Fund Management Expenses
Portfolio fee 0.09% - 0.81%
For more information about the underlying fund and program management expenses, please review the Learning Quest Guide and Participation Agreement.

Before investing, carefully consider the plan’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This information and more about the plans can be found in the Learning Quest Guide and Participation Agreement available from Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and should be read carefully before investing. If you are not a Kansas taxpayer, consider before investing whether your or the beneficiary’s home state offers a 529 Plan that provides its taxpayers with state tax and other state benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors that are only available in such state’s qualified tuition program.  Tax and financial aid treatment of 529 plans is subject to change. As with any investment, it is possible to lose money by investing in this plan.

Learning Quest accounts are serviced by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. The Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program is managed by American Century Investment Management, Inc. The plan was created by the Kansas State Legislature under the provisions of Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code and is administered by Kansas State Treasurer, Jake LaTurner. The state of Kansas offers two 529 Plans. The Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program is available through American Century Investments. The Schwab 529 College Savings Plan is available through Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. there are different investment options available under each plan, as well as different investment advisors and fee structures.

Notice: Accounts established under Learning Quest and their earnings are neither insured nor guaranteed by the state of Kansas, the Kansas State Treasurer, American Century Investments or Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. Accounts established under Learning Quest are domiciled at American Century Investment and not Schwab.