OFFICE OF THE STATE TREASURER – COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM
For the Year Ended June 30, 2010
Summary of Findings:
Total this audit: 0
Total last audit: 0
Repeated from last audit: 0
Release Date: January 20, 2011
State of Illinois, Office of the Auditor General
WILLIAM G. HOLLAND, AUDITOR GENERAL
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The College Savings Program (Program) was established in March 2000 pursuant to P.A. 91-0607 which authorizes the State Treasurer to establish and administer a “qualified state tuition program” under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Participants of the Program have a choice of two Section 529 investment programs, the Bright Start College Savings Program, which commenced operations on March 27, 2000, and the Bright Directions College Savings Program, which commenced operations on November 18, 2005. The State Treasurer selected an investment firm (Manager), one for Bright Start and one for Bright Directions, to advise the office on the investment of the Trust assets, to administer the Trust assets, and to provide other services relating to the Program. As such, the Managers act as agents of the Treasurer, and as trustees of the Trust. The Treasurer, however, retains ultimate authority to manage the investments of the Trust.
To administer the Program, the Treasurer has established a division entitled “The College Savings Program Division”. The revenues and expenditures of the Division are recorded in a fund maintained by the Treasurer entitled College Savings Program Administrative Trust Fund, which is classified as en enterprise fund. The administrative expenses paid out of this fund were $1,047,634 in FY10 and $980,084 in FY09.
An investment trust fund was used to account for assets held by the Program in a trustee capacity or as agent for individuals throughout the United States. At June 30, 2010, assets in this fund totaled $3,123,532,020.
Our special assistant auditors stated that the College Savings Program financial statements, as of and for the year ended June 30, 2010 are fairly stated in all material respects.
WILLIAM G. HOLLAND
SPECIAL ASSISTANT AUDITORS
Our special assistant auditors for this audit were Crowe Horwath LLP.