Best 529 plans of 2018

Find the best 529 college savings plan for your family.

To help you narrow the field, we analyze plans across the country each quarter and identify the best performing 529 plans for you. Whether you're looking for the lowest-fee 529 plans, the top-rated plans, or plans with high returns, these 529 plan rankings are a great place to start. Wondering how your state's 529 plan compares to other top plans? Select up to three plans for a side-by-side comparison.

Best Rated
Best Rated
Best Plan for my State
Best for my State
Lowest Fees
Lowest Fees
Best Performance
Best Performance
Best Rated

Best Rated

These are the highest-rated 529 plans on the 5-cap rating system, offering individual investors all around excellence. See our methodology for more detailed information.

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New York's 529 College Savings Program -- Direct Plan

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

5 of 5
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Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

5 of 5
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ScholarShare 529

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

5 of 5
Best Plan for my State

Best for my State:

Some states offer multiple 529 plans. Below are the best plans in your state. See our methodology for more detailed information.

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Lowest Fees

Lowest Fees

Fees can eat away at your earnings. Here are the lowest fee 529 plans available. See our methodology for more detailed information.

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Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan (Direct-sold)

Restricted to South Carolina residents

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

5 of 5

Performancex

4 of 5
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START Saving Program

Restricted to Louisiana residents

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

5 of 5

Performancex

3.5 of 5
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Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP)

Our Rating

4.5 of 5

Fee Scorex

5 of 5

Performancex

4 of 5
Best Performance

Best Performance

These 529 plans had the highest returns over the past 5-year period.

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Ohio’s 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

5 of 5
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New York's 529 College Savings Program -- Direct Plan

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

5 of 5
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ScholarShare 529

Our Rating

5 of 5

Fee Scorex

4.5 of 5

Performancex

5 of 5