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2013 plan performance rankings Q2

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, five-year investment performance and ten-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 June 30, 2013.

We ranked plans that consumers can enroll in directly (see below), as well as those sold through brokers and fee-based financial planners).

Ten-year performance ranking

Rank State Plan Percentile
1 Alaska T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan 22.92
2 Utah Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP) Trust 27.02
3 Alaska University of Alaska College Savings Plan 29.33
4 Maryland College Savings Plans of Maryland -- College Investment Plan 33.32
5 Virginia Virginia529 inVEST 42.35
6 South Carolina Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold) 43.35
7 Louisiana START Saving Program 46.62
8 Nevada The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan 48.59
9 West Virginia SMART529 WV Direct 48.65
10 Iowa College Savings Iowa 49.53

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

For broker-sold plan rankings and fee-based financial planners.

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