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2015 plan performance rankings Q1

Posted: 2015-05-15

2015 plan performance rankings Q1

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 March 31, 2015.

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) 13.17 Plan Details
2 Tennessee TNStars College Savings 529 Program 21.75 Plan Details
3 Michigan Michigan Education Savings Program 22.27 Enroll Now
4 New York New York's 529 College Savings Program -- Direct Plan 22.49 Enroll Now
5 California The ScholarShare College Savings Plan 25.25 Enroll Now
6 Louisiana START Saving Program 26.44 Plan Details
7 Vermont Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan 27.61 Plan Details
8 Colorado Direct Portfolio College Savings Plan 29.10 Enroll Now
9 Mississippi Mississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) Program 30.49 Enroll Now
10 Maine NextGen College Investing Plan -- Client Direct Series 31.96 Enroll Now

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

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