Top ten direct-sold plans

Kathryn FlynnBy Kathryn Flynn | 
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*Three-year performance rankings as of 9/30/2017

The highly anticipated direct-sold 529 plan rankings are here! 529 plans are generally made up of mutualfunds with varying investment options. Each quarter, after analyzing data from thousands of underlying investment portfolios, determines the overall top performing 529 plans. The following slideshow features our most recent topten list of the plans that can be purchased directly through the plan manager (without having to go through a financialadvisor).

The 'performance score' determines the ranking.

The rankings shown in the slideshow are based on performance over the last three years, giving you a better idea of how theplans fared over time. Note that past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Remember that you can open a 529plan from almost any state, regardless of where you live!

Click here to see rankings that include plans sold through brokers and fee-based financial planners.

One-year rankings,Five-year rankings,Ten-year rankings