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TCSP Investments


Selecting an investment portfolio may seem overwhelming for some. However, the Texas College Savings Plan offers a number of investment options and strategies that you can tailor to align with your risk tolerance, time horizon and financial situation.

The Plan offers a wide range of portfolios with underlying investments managed by T. Rowe Price, Artisan, Vanguard, DFA, Dodge and Cox and Dreyfus. Additionally, you can choose to follow an index investment strategy, a blended investment strategy, or a combination of both.

Should your goals or needs change, you have the flexibility to rebalance your account or allocate future contributions to different portfolios. Under current federal regulations, account owners are allowed to change the allocation of existing assets twice per calendar year or whenever you name a new beneficiary.

Investment Options

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Age-Based Portfolios

Your account is placed in one of six portfolios based on the beneficiary’s age and your choice of a blended strategy (active and index investments) or an index strategy (index investments). The Age-based portfolios automatically adjust over time, becoming more conservative as the beneficiary ages.

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0-6 YEARS PORTFOLIO

Seeks long-term growth by investing primarily in equity investments. A percentage of assets are invested in fixed income investments to provide some protection from equity volatility.

7-9 Years Portfolio

Seeks growth by investing in an allocation weighted toward equity investments versus fixed income investments.

10-11 Years Portfolio

Seeks moderate growth by investing in a balanced asset allocation slightly weighted toward equity investments over fixed income investments.

12-14 Years Portfolio

Seeks moderate growth by investing in a balanced asset allocation weighted equally between equity and fixed income investments.

15-17 Years Portfolio

Seeks conservative growth by investing in a combination of equity, fixed income and money market investments weighted toward fixed income.

Ages 18 Years and Over Portfolio

Seeks preservation of capital with minimal growth by investing primarily in fixed income and money market investments to maintain stability.

The investment option’s performance reflects changes in asset allocations over time relating to the age of beneficiaries whose assets are invested in that investment option and assets invested in applicable Portfolios on behalf of particular beneficiaries are automatically transferred to another Portfolio when beneficiaries reach a specified age, and may not remain invested in the referenced Portfolio for a portion of the period reported in the performance chart.

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Static Portfolios

You may choose to invest in any one, or any combination of the portfolios below. While the Static Portfolios allow for more control over your account, it will be up to you to choose a new portfolio, or portfolios, should your needs or goals change.

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100% EQUITY PORTFOLIO

Seeks long-term growth by investing solely in equity investments.

Balanced Portfolio

Seeks moderate growth by investing in a balanced allocation weighted toward equity investments and fixed income investments.

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Individual Fund Portfolios

Fixed Income Portfolio

100% Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Institutional Plus

Seeks to closely track the total return of the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index by investing in domestic fixed income and money market instruments.

Inflation-Protected Bond Portfolio

100% DFA Inflation-Protected Securities I

Seeks to provide investors inflation protection and income consistent with investments in inflation-indexed securities.

U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio 1

100% Dreyfus Treasury Securities Cash Management

Seeks preservation of capital by investing in a U.S. Government money market mutual fund.

View Underlying Investments & Target Asset Allocations

Each underlying investment has its own risks. For example, the prices of small-cap stocks are generally more volatile than large company stocks. There are special risks inherent to international investing, including currency, political, social and economic risks. Investments in growth stocks may be more volatile than other securities. With value investing, if the marketplace does not recognize that a security is undervalued, the expected price increase may not occur. Fixed income investing entails credit and interest risks. When interest rates rise, bond prices generally fall, and the underlying Fund’s share price can fall. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.

1You could lose money by investing in this investment option. Although the money market fund in which your investment option invests (the “underlying fund”) seeks to preserve its value at $1.00 per share, the underlying fund cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in this investment option is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The underlying fund’s sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the underlying fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the underlying fund at any time.

Derivative instruments, securities whose values depend on the performance of an underlying security or asset, may entail potentially higher volatility and risk of loss compared to traditional stock or bond investments.

Performance & Prices

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Total Returns

Expense Ratio2 Effective Date 12/31/2018

Total Return (%)1 as of 01/31/2019

  Total Return (%)1
as of 01/31/2019
Expense Ratio2
as of 12/31/2018
Portfolio Name  1-Month  3-Month YTD*as of 02/20/2019 Inception
Date
Gross Net3
TCSP Age Based 0-6 Blended 8.47% 1.56% 11.20% 11/19/2007 0.92 0.92
TCSP Age Based 7-9 Blended 6.81% 2.00% 8.91% 11/19/2007 0.87 0.87
TCSP Age Based 10-11 Blended 5.96% 2.09% 7.65% 11/19/2007 0.84 0.84
TCSP Age Based 12-14 Blended 5.12% 2.25% 6.52% 11/19/2007 0.82 0.82
TCSP Age Based 15-17 Blended 3.46% 2.31% 4.40% 11/19/2007 0.77 0.77
TCSP Age Based 18 & Over Blended 1.80% 2.52% 2.20% 11/19/2007 0.71 0.71
TCSP 100% Equity Blended 9.30% 1.29% 12.28% 11/19/2007 0.98 0.98
TCSP Balanced Blended 5.86% 2.06% 7.57% 11/19/2007 0.84 0.84
TCSP Age Based 0-6 Indexed 7.58% 1.63% 10.38% 11/20/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Age Based 7-9 Indexed 6.19% 2.02% 8.29% 11/27/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Age Based 10-11 Indexed 5.31% 2.19% 7.14% 11/20/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Age Based 12-14 Indexed 4.70% 2.42% 6.16% 11/20/2007 0.58 0.58
TCSP Age Based 15-17 Indexed 3.23% 2.40% 4.10% 11/20/2007 0.60 0.60
TCSP Age Based 18 & Over Indexed 1.72% 2.48% 2.09% 01/22/2008 0.60 0.60
TCSP 100% Equity Indexed 8.29% 1.46% 11.33% 11/21/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Balanced Indexed 5.24% 2.10% 6.99% 11/20/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Fixed Income 1.00% 3.24% 1.08% 06/22/2010 0.63 0.63
TCSP Inflation Protected Bond 1.59% 2.80% 1.51% 06/21/2010 0.72 0.72
TCSP US Government Money Market 4,5 0.19% 0.49% 0.39% 03/19/2012 0.81 0.78

The performance data quoted represents past performance, which does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

1. Performance data for each portfolio are based on the total return of a hypothetical account, including reinvestment of dividends and distributions, net of the Texas College Savings Plan program and administration fees.

2. Expense ratios for each of the portfolios include underlying investment expenses and plan fees.

3. If applicable, the “Net Expense Ratio” for the Portfolios takes into account a voluntary expense limitation on the underlying investment without which performance would have been less. These undertakings may be modified or terminated at any time. Please see the Plan Description for more detailed information regarding any applicable expense limitations or waivers.

4. The Plan Manager and the Board have agreed to voluntarily waive the Program Management Fee and Administrative Fee, respectively (but, in each case, not below zero) and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessarily to assist the U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio in attempting to maintain at least a 0.00% return. There is no guarantee that the U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio will maintain this return. This undertaking may be amended or withdrawn at any time.

5. You could lose money by investing in the money market investment option. Although the money market fund in which your investment option invests (the “underlying fund”) seeks to preserve its value at $1.00 per share, the underlying fund cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in this investment option is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The underlying fund’s sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the underlying fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the underlying fund at any time.

* These “year to date” returns are cumulative, are not annualized, and do not reflect sales charges (no matter which sort option is selected). These returns would be lower if sales charges were taken into consideration. Short-term returns may not be indicative of longer term performance, which should also be considered when making investment decisions.

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Average Returns

  Average Total Return (%)1
as of 01/31/2019
Expense Ratio3
as of 12/31/2018
Portfolio Name  1-Yr  3-Yr  5-Yr  10-Yr Since Inception 2 Inception
Date
Gross Net4
TCSP Age Based 0-6 Blended -6.33% 12.00% 6.67% 11.06% 4.44% 11/19/2007 0.92 0.92
TCSP Age Based 7-9 Blended -4.48% 9.83% 5.73% 9.23% 3.23% 11/19/2007 0.87 0.87
TCSP Age Based 10-11 Blended -3.66% 8.58% 5.13% 8.23% 2.48% 11/19/2007 0.84 0.84
TCSP Age Based 12-14 Blended -2.97% 7.32% 4.47% 7.15% 2.18% 11/19/2007 0.82 0.82
TCSP Age Based 15-17 Blended -1.25% 4.83% 3.13% 4.98% 0.90% 11/19/2007 0.77 0.77
TCSP Age Based 18 & Over Blended 0.49% 2.44% 1.93% 2.81% 0.17% 11/19/2007 0.71 0.71
TCSP 100% Equity Blended -7.30% 13.38% 7.27% 11.97% 5.13% 11/19/2007 0.98 0.98
TCSP Balanced Blended -3.78% 8.47% 5.06% 8.19% 2.46% 11/19/2007 0.84 0.84
TCSP Age Based 0-6 Indexed -5.45% 11.01% 6.86% 11.46% 5.41% 11/20/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Age Based 7-9 Indexed -3.81% 8.93% 5.80% 9.87% 5.23% 11/27/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Age Based 10-11 Indexed -3.09% 7.85% 5.21% 8.78% 5.00% 11/20/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Age Based 12-14 Indexed -2.31% 6.82% 4.66% 7.82% 4.57% 11/20/2007 0.58 0.58
TCSP Age Based 15-17 Indexed -0.78% 4.61% 3.30% 5.58% 3.90% 11/20/2007 0.60 0.60
TCSP Age Based 18 & Over Indexed 0.67% 2.39% 2.04% 3.33% 2.84% 01/22/2008 0.60 0.60
TCSP 100% Equity Indexed -6.27% 12.04% 7.42% 12.36% 5.81% 11/21/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Balanced Indexed -3.16% 7.79% 5.21% 8.91% 5.11% 11/20/2007 0.57 0.57
TCSP Fixed Income 1.51% 1.30% 1.81% N/A 2.25% 06/22/2010 0.63 0.63
TCSP Inflation Protected Bond 1.00% 1.47% 1.09% N/A 2.25% 06/21/2010 0.72 0.72
TCSP US Government Money Market 5,6 1.78% 0.92% 0.55% N/A 0.40% 03/19/2012 0.81 0.78

The performance data quoted represents past performance, which does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor’s units, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

1. Performance data for each portfolio are based on the total return of a hypothetical account, including reinvestment of dividends and distributions, net of the Texas College Savings Plan program and administration fees.

2. Since inception returns of less than 12 months are cumulative returns. Since inception of greater than 12 months are annualized returns based upon a true day count and a 365-day/year calculation.

3. Expense ratios for each of the portfolios include underlying investment expenses and plan fees.

4. If applicable, the “Net Expense Ratio” for the Portfolios takes into account a voluntary expense limitation on the underlying investment without which performance would have been less. These undertakings may be modified or terminated at any time. Please see the Plan Description for more detailed information regarding any applicable expense limitations or waivers.

5. The Plan Manager and the Board have agreed to voluntarily waive the Program Management Fee and Administrative Fee, respectively (but, in each case, not below zero) and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessarily to assist the U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio in attempting to maintain at least a 0.00% return. There is no guarantee that the U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio will maintain this return. This undertaking may be amended or withdrawn at any time.

6. You could lose money by investing in the money market investment option. Although the money market fund in which your investment option invests (the “underlying fund”) seeks to preserve its value at $1.00 per share, the underlying fund cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in this investment option is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The underlying fund’s sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the underlying fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the underlying fund at any time.

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Prices

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Fund Prices as of 02/20/2019

Portfolio Name Unit Value Daily Net Change Inception Date
TCSP Age Based 0-6 Blended 16.68 0.06 11/19/2007
TCSP Age Based 7-9 Blended 14.55 0.04 11/19/2007
TCSP Age Based 10-11 Blended 13.37 0.03 11/19/2007
TCSP Age Based 12-14 Blended 12.9 0.02 11/19/2007
TCSP Age Based 15-17 Blended 11.16 0.01 11/19/2007
TCSP Age Based 18 & Over Blended 10.23 11/19/2007
TCSP 100% Equity Blended 32.37 0.13 11/19/2007
TCSP Balanced Blended 20.18 0.04 11/19/2007
TCSP Age Based 0-6 Indexed 18.5 0.05 11/20/2007
TCSP Age Based 7-9 Indexed 18.03 0.04 11/27/2007
TCSP Age Based 10-11 Indexed 17.56 0.03 11/20/2007
TCSP Age Based 12-14 Indexed 16.72 0.03 11/20/2007
TCSP Age Based 15-17 Indexed 15.48 0.01 11/20/2007
TCSP Age Based 18 & Over Indexed 13.66 01/22/2008
TCSP 100% Equity Indexed 19.35 0.06 11/21/2007
TCSP Balanced Indexed 17.76 0.03 11/20/2007
TCSP Fixed Income 12.12 -0.01 06/22/2010
TCSP Inflation Protected Bond 12.1 -0.01 06/21/2010
TCSP US Government Money Market 1,2 10.3 0.01 03/19/2012

1. The Plan Manager and the Board have agreed to voluntarily waive the Program Management Fee and Administrative Fee, respectively (but, in each case, not below zero) and/or reimburse expenses to the extent necessarily to assist the U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio in attempting to maintain at least a 0.00% return. There is no guarantee that the U.S. Government Money Market Portfolio will maintain this return. This undertaking may be amended or withdrawn at any time.

2. You could lose money by investing in the money market investment option. Although the money market fund in which your investment option invests (the “underlying fund”) seeks to preserve its value at $1.00 per share, the underlying fund cannot guarantee it will do so. An investment in this investment option is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The underlying fund’s sponsor has no legal obligation to provide financial support to the underlying fund, and you should not expect that the sponsor will provide financial support to the underlying fund at any time.