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2010 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, three-year investment performance and five-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.
Here are our 529 performance rankings as of December 31, 2010.
We ranked plans that consumers can enroll in directly (see below), as well as those sold through brokers).
One-year performance ranking
|1||Louisiana||START Saving Program||23.08|
|2||Alaska||University of Alaska College Savings Plan||27.95|
|3||Alaska||T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan||29.55|
|4||Michigan||Michigan Education Savings Program||30.15|
|5||Virginia||Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST)||31.19|
|6||South Dakota||CollegeAccess 529 (Direct-sold)||31.70|
|7||Nevada||USAA 529 College Savings Plan||32.81|
|8||North Carolina||National College Savings Program||33.28|
|9||West Virginia||SMART529 Select||33.61|
|10||Utah||Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust||37.06|
See the full list of one-year direct-sold rankings.
Three-year performance ranking
|1||Nevada||USAA 529 College Savings Plan||7.27|
|2||Kansas||Schwab 529 College Savings Plan||21.27|
|3||Florida||Florida College Investment Plan||26.42|
|5||Michigan||Michigan Education Savings Program||32.60|
|6||West Virginia||SMART529 Select||34.66|
|7||Nevada||The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan||35.68|
|8||Utah||Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust||35.70|
|9||South Carolina||Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold)||36.45|
|10||Maryland||College Savings Plans of Maryland -- College Investment Plan||36.61|
See the full list of three-year direct-sold rankings.
Five-year performance ranking
|1||Nevada||USAA 529 College Savings Plan||18.17|
|2||Kansas||Schwab 529 College Savings Plan||26.46|
|3||Michigan||Michigan Education Savings Program||29.59|
|4||Louisiana||START Saving Program||29.63|
|5||Alaska||University of Alaska College Savings Plan||35.60|
|6||Virginia||Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST)||35.85|
|7||Maryland||College Savings Plans of Maryland -- College Investment Plan||36.11|
|8||South Carolina||Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold)||36.98|
|9||Alaska||T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan||37.45|
See the full list of five-year direct-sold rankings.