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Start saving today in a Vanguard 529 account

It's fast and easy to get started online.

3 things you'll need to start your college savings account

1. Basic information

Have the Social Security number, birth date, and address of the beneficiary of the 529 account (as well as your own).

2. Investment choices

You can pick one of our age-based options, which are complete portfolios that automatically adjust for you, or you can assemble your own investment strategy from our individual portfolios.

3. Bank information

If you're going to make your first contribution through an electronic bank transfer, you'll need your bank account and routing numbers. You can also set up automatic contributions from your bank account to your 529 account.

Fees & other details

  • No enrollment fees, transfer fees, or commissions.
  • Minimum initial investment of $3,000 ($1,000 for Nevada residents); minimum additional investment is just $50.
  • Total contribution limit is $370,000.

The Vanguard 529 College Savings Plan is a Nevada Trust administered by the Board of Trustees of the College Savings Plans of Nevada, chaired by the Nevada State Treasurer.

Open a Vanguard 529 Plan

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Talk with one of our education savings specialists.

Call 866-734-4533

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Eastern time


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The person you're opening the account for, or the future student. This person doesn't have control of the money in the account, but can use the money from the plan for school costs. The account owner controls the money on behalf of the beneficiary.