Q2 2020 529 plan rankings: Five-year performance

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Savingforcollege.com ranks the performance of direct-sold 529 plans. Direct-sold plans are those that consumers can enroll in without using a broker. We have prepared one-year, three-year, five-year and ten-year performance tables.

To prepare this ranking, we compared a subset of portfolios from each 529 savings plan. We selected portfolios based on their mix of stocks, bonds and money market funds, which allows for an apples-to-apples comparison in seven asset-allocation categories. The "performance score" determines the ranking.

This ranking could be a useful tool for you when selecting which direct 529 plan might be right for you.

Here are our 529 performance rankings as of June 30, 2020 for Direct-sold 529 plans.

Five-year performance ranking (click here for one-year performance table, three-year performance table, and ten-year performance table):

RankStatePlanPerformance Score
1OhioOhio's 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage20.68
2New YorkNew York's 529 College Savings Program -- Direct Plan26.75
3NevadaThe Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan26.83
4IndianaCollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan28.03
5KansasLearning Quest 529 Education Savings Program (Direct-sold)28.43
6MichiganMichigan Education Savings Program (MESP)28.44
7North CarolinaNC 529 Plan28.70
8West VirginiaSMART529 Select28.74
9New HampshireUNIQUE College Investing Plan28.86
10ArizonaFidelity Arizona College Savings Plan28.86
11DelawareDelaware College Investment Plan28.92
12MassachusettsU.Fund College Investing Plan28.97
13IowaCollege Savings Iowa30.30
14LouisianaSTART Saving Program30.66
15NebraskaNebraska Education Savings Trust -- Direct College Savings Plan32.31
17MissouriMOST - Missouri's 529 Education Plan (Direct-sold)33.25
18CaliforniaScholarShare 52933.93
19South CarolinaFuture Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold)34.79
20WisconsinSMART529 WV Direct College Savings Plan36.39
21ColoradoDirect Portfolio College Savings Plan39.64
22FloridaFlorida 529 Savings Plan41.44
23MinnesotaMinnesota College Savings Plan42.67
24AlaskaAlaska 52942.97
24AlaskaT. Rowe Price College Savings Plan42.97
26MaineNextGen 529 -- Client Direct Series47.42
27AlabamaCollegeCounts 529 Fund49.07
29OklahomaOklahoma College Savings Plan51.81
29HawaiiHawaii's College Savings Program53.59
31MarylandMaryland 529 -- Maryland Senator Edward J. Kasemeyer College Investment Plan54.13
32IdahoIdaho College Savings Program (IDeal)54.82
33ConnecticutConnecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET)56.63
34TexasTexas College Savings Plan56.69
35ArkansasGIFT College Investing Plan57.04
36KansasSchwab 529 College Savings Plan60.26
37NevadaSSGA Upromise 529 Plan62.11
38New JerseyNJBEST 529 College Savings Plan67.21
39NevadaUSAA 529 College Savings Plan76.72
40South DakotaCollegeAccess 529 (Direct-sold)77.58
41West VirginiaDreamAhead College Investment Plan86.18
-District of ColumbiaDC College Savings PlanN/A
-GeorgiaPath2College 529 PlanN/A
-IllinoisBright Start Direct-Sold College Savings ProgramN/A
-KentuckyKY Saves 529N/A
-MississippiMississippi Affordable College Savings (MACS) ProgramN/A
-MontanaAchieve MontanaN/A
-NebraskaTD Ameritrade 529 College Savings PlanN/A
-New MexicoThe Education Plan's College Savings ProgramN/A
-North DakotaCollege SAVE (Direct)N/A
-OregonOregon College Savings PlanN/A
-PennsylvaniaPennsylvania 529 Investment PlanN/A
-Rhode IslandCollegeBound Saver (Direct-sold)N/A
-TennesseeTNStars College Savings 529 ProgramN/A
-VermontVermont Higher Education Investment PlanN/A

NA = Not Applicable = Program does not have at least one portfolio with sufficiently-long performance in a minimum of four asset allocation categories under our ranking model.

The Savingforcollege.com plan composite rankings are derived using the plans' relevant portfolio performance in seven unique asset allocation categories. The asset-allocation categories used are: 100 percent equity, 80 percent equity, 60 percent equity, 40 percent equity, 20 percent equity, 100 percent fixed and 100 percent short term. The plan composite ranking is determined by the average of its percentile ranking in the seven categories.

The performance data underlying these rankings represent past performance and are not a guarantee of future performance. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data used. A plan portfolio's investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares or units when redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Investors should carefully consider plan investment goals, risks, charges and expenses by obtaining and reading the plan's official program description before investing. Investors should also consider whether their beneficiary's home state offers any tax or other benefits that are available for investments only in such state's 529 plan.

For a more in-depth explanation of our methodology, please read our white paper.

Brokers, please note: For internal use only and not for use with or to be shown to the investing public.

Disclaimer: Saving For College, LLC shall not be liable for any errors or omissions in this report. Users should rely on official program disclosures.

For broker-sold plan rankings, click here.