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529 portfolios backed by our premium brand

Looking for a complete portfolio in one investment that balances your asset mix for you? Or are you a DIY investor who'd rather strategize on your own? We're here for you either way.

How do you want to pick investments for your 529 account?

"I want an easy, hands-off way to save for my goal"

If managing your own investments seems too complicated or involved, then considering our 11 Target Enrollment Portfolios could be your next move. Simply pick a portfolio based on the year closest to when you expect your student to start attending school—it could be any time from kindergarten through college and beyond. We do the rest for you, including automatically shifting your savings to become more conservative as your targeted date draws near. Once you open your account, all you have to do is check periodically to make sure the portfolio continues to align with your risk level and goal.

"I'm more hands-on and would rather create my own strategy."

If you're more of a do-it-yourself investor and like to remain in control, you can design an investment strategy from our 20 individual portfolios. Select up to 5 portfolios at a time, and then manage that mix based on your time horizon and tolerance for risk.

Want to use our individual portfolios but need some help figuring out your asset mix? We're on it:

Pay attention to costs

All investments have costs. But the less you pay in 529 expenses, the more you can keep for education. And when it comes to low costs, The Vanguard 529 Plan is recognized as a leader.

The Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan is a Nevada Trust administered by the office of the Nevada State Treasurer.


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How do you think about investing and risk?

If you think ...

  • Fluctuations in the market are bad, no matter how long your investment time horizon.
  • You're more comfortable with investments that have a little more price stability, even if they may provide lower returns.

Your risk tolerance may be:

Conservative, which is a 1 or 2 on a scale of 1 to 5 measuring risk tolerance.


If you think ...

  • You can deal with some market fluctuations.
  • Mixing different asset classes feels comfortable to you, because if one temporarily loses value, the other can help offset the decline in your account balance.

Your risk tolerance may be:

Moderate, which is a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 measuring risk tolerance.


If you think ...

  • Market fluctuations aren't a big deal.
  • You'd rather have the potential for higher returns, even at a higher risk of losing money.

Your risk tolerance may be:

Aggressive, which is a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 measuring risk tolerance.