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2008 Plan Performance Rankings Q4

Each quarter Savingforcollege.com analyzes the investment performance figures for thousands of 529 portfolios and ranks the 529 savings plans from best to worst for one-year investment performance and for three-year investment performance.

The Top Performing 529 Plans

In producing our rankings, we compared the reported investment performance of a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. The lower the "percentile" the better the ranking. For more details on our methodology click here.

We ranked plans that consumers can enroll in directly (see below), as well as those sold through brokers (click here).

These rankings are for periods ended December 31, 2008.

1-year Performance Ranking

Updated February 23, 2009

Rank State Plan Percentile
1 Florida Florida College Investment Plan 18.08
2 South Carolina Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 23.20
3 Utah Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust 23.33
4 Missouri MOST - Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 26.09
5 Georgia Path2College 529 Plan 26.31
6 Kansas Schwab 529 College Savings Plan 26.39
7 New York New York's 529 College Savings Program - Direct Plan 26.48
8 Iowa College Savings Iowa 27.84
9 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania 529 Investment Plan 28.36
10 Connecticut Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) 28.55

See the full list of 1-year direct sold rankings.

3-year Performance Ranking

Updated February 23, 2009

Rank State Plan Percentile
1 Florida Florida College Investment Plan 18.03
2 Louisiana START Saving Program 20.61
3 Iowa College Savings Iowa 23.07
4 South Carolina Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 23.13
5 Nebraska College Savings Plan of Nebraska (Direct-sold) 23.35
6 Kansas Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Program (Direct-sold) 23.44
7 Kansas Schwab 529 College Savings Plan 23.98
8 Nevada The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan 25.08
9 Utah Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust 25.17
10 Arkansas GIFT College Investing Plan 25.78

See the full list of 3-year direct sold rankings.

5-year Performance Ranking

Updated February 23, 2009

Rank State Plan Percentile
1 Louisiana START Saving Program 21.16
2 Nebraska College Savings Plan of Nebraska (Direct-sold) 23.62
3 Nevada The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan 25.57
4 Iowa College Savings Iowa 25.72
5 Utah Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust 26.03
6 South Carolina Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 30.41
7 Nevada The Upromise College Fund 31.63
8 Nebraska TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan 31.72
9 Wisconsin EdVest (Direct-sold) 35.19
10 Virginia Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST) 36.03

See the full list of 5-year direct sold rankings.

For Broker Sold plan rankings, click here.

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