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2014 plan performance rankings Q3

Posted: 2014-11-17

2014 plan performance rankings Q3

Each quarter 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, please view our methodology.

Here are our 529 performance rankings as of September 30, 2014.

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

One-year performance ranking

Rank State Plan Percentile
1 District of Columbia DC 529 College Savings Program (Direct-sold) 24.69 Plan Details
2 Tennessee TNStars College Savings 529 Program 25.18 Plan Details
3 New York New York's 529 College Savings Program -- Direct Plan 27.39 Enroll Now
4 Alaska University of Alaska College Savings Plan 28.34 Enroll Now
5 Louisiana START Saving Program 28.35 Plan Details
6 California The ScholarShare College Savings Plan 31.11 Enroll Now
7 Florida Florida 529 Savings Plan 32.56 Plan Details
8 Alaska T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan 32.59 Enroll Now
9 West Virginia SMART529 WV Direct College Savings Plan 32.79 Plan Details
10 Colorado Direct Portfolio College Savings Plan 32.89 Enroll Now

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

Click "Next Page" below to see 3 year rankings.