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Which is the best 529 plan available?Updated: 2016-07-29

The honest answer is that it's up to you to decide based on your own circumstances and objectives. The best plan for one family may not be the best plan for another. offers a number of tools to help you find the best 529 plan for your needs, including our quarterly performance rankings. Here are our 529 performance rankings as of June 30, 2017.

Top 10 Performing 529 College Savings Plans

One-year rankings are based on a plan's average investment returns over the last 12 months, as of the date shown. To see how a plan performed over a longer time period, see the three-year, five-year and 10-year performance rankings (where available).

Rank State Plan Performance score
1 Nevada USAA 529 College Savings Plan 18.61 Plan Details
2 California The ScholarShare College Savings Plan 32.47 Enroll Now
3 South Dakota CollegeAccess 529 (Direct-sold) 35.46 Plan Details
4 Alaska T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan 37.55 Enroll Now
5 Connecticut Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) 40.77 Enroll Now
6 Maryland Maryland 529 -- College Investment Plan 41.32 Plan Details
7 Alaska University of Alaska College Savings Plan 41.92 Enroll Now
8 New Jersey NJBEST 529 College Savings Plan 43.58 Enroll Now
9 West Virginia SMART529 WV Direct College Savings Plan 43.68 Plan Details
10 Nevada The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan 43.78 Plan Details

See the full list of one-year direct-sold rankings | For broker-sold plan rankings and fee-based financial planners

You can find more information on how we produce our 529 plan rankings here.


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