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529 assets increase in 4Q 2014

(March 1, 2015) - Total 529 savings plan assets increased 3.3% from 3Q 2014 to 4Q 2014, according to Strategic Insight. With an estimated $224.3 billion, 529 plan assets have increased 9.7% over 4Q 2013.

Assets under management and net inflows continue to reach year-over year highs, indicating strong usage by families in saving for higher education.

529 assets dip in Q3

(December 15, 2014) - Total assets in 529 college savings plans decreased 1.5% during the third quarter of 2014, according to Strategic Insight, reflecting the seasonal withdrawal pattern associated with the return to fall classes.

Assets at September 30, 2014 were $217.2 billion compared with assets of $220.6 billion at June 30, 2014. Estimated net outflows during the quarter were $1.20 billion.

Assets were 13.5% higher than September 30 a year ago, when they stood at $191.3 billion. Net outflows in last year's third quarter were $0.60 billion.

Strategic Insight found that Virginia's CollegeAmerica 529 plan had the largest share ($46.8 billion) of total 529 assets at September 30, 2014, while New York's College Savings Program-Direct was second with $15.8 billion.

College Board releases new Trends in Higher Education Reports

(November 13, 2014) - The College Board has released its annual Trends in Higher Education reports. The reports - Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing - state that while the published tuition and fees of higher education institutions continues to rise more rapidly than the rate of inflation, the rate of increase has slowed. Total education borrowing has also declined by 8%.

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