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College cost calculators & 529 tools
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College Costs are increasing an estimated 6% annually. The earlier you invest the more time you have to meet costs.
In this section are calculators and ranking tools that will help you work out how much to save, rate a 529 Plan and know if your college is covered under 529 rules.
- Is your college eligible under 529 plan rules?
- Rate 529 plans - How to evaluate a 529 plan
- What does college cost? College cost calculator
- What is my child's Expected Family Contribution (EFC)? Financial Aid Calculator
- Report: Find the cheapest 529 plans
World's Simplest College Calculator
The simplest way to estimate college costs.
Financial Aid Calculator
The simplest way to estimate your child's financial-aid eligibility
Find out how much less you will need to save to meet the cost of a college education if you start making monthly contributions to a 529 plan today instead of making monthly loan payments later.
We offer calculators and tools for use on your website.
Use our comparison tool to compare 529 plans against other savings options.
See a complete list of 529 plans that you can enroll in directly.
If you want expert advice on which 529 Plan is right for you. Search our directory to find an 529 professional near you.
State Tax 529 Calculator
Easily and accurately determine how much each state's own 529 tax benefits are worth, in both gross dollars and in annualized return equivalent. (Premium Service members only.)
Find the top 10 plans
Performance rankings for the top 10 plans investors can enroll in directly.
We provide overall ratings of how effective a plan is for both in-state investors and out of state investors.
Our fee study compares the lowest and highest 10-year expense totals for all direct-sold 529 savings plans.
- What is direct-sold vs advisor-sold?
- What is a 529 plan?
- 529 plans & financial aid
- What does college cost?
- College savings tutorial
Find eligible institutions
529 plans can be used to pay expenses from eligible institutions. If your institution is not eligible the tax benefits may be lost! Check to see if your college is eligible under 529 plan rules.