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How Vanguard can help you save for college

You'll need one last thing to reach your college goal—the right partner.

We're ready to help you every step of the way

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to save for your child's future. That's why it's important for you to get the most for your money.

What you can expect from Vanguard

Low costs

Our expenses and fees are among the lowest in the industry.* And the less money taken out of your account earnings, the more stays in your account—getting you closer to your goal.

Expert management

We hire top investment professionals with the experience and expertise needed to manage your investments.


We've grown to be one of the largest managers of money in 529 plans.** So you can count on us to be here for you now and in the long run.

Award-winning investments

The Vanguard 529 Plan has earned a "Gold" rating from Morningstar.† In fact, we've gotten the highest Morningstar rating each year since the plan started.

Easy investing

Simplicity is the name of the game. You can get started in a few simple steps. And adding to your savings and managing your account is easy.

Help from college specialists

Whether you need a simple question answered or want us to walk you through opening an account, we've got you covered.

Open a college account

We're here to help

Talk with one of our education savings specialists.

Call 877-817-7066

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

Handy tools

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Tips for grandparents

Learn some smart tips on giving the child you love a head start on college.

The Vanguard 529 Plan

Discover the many benefits of our premier college savings plan.


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Tax law update

On December 22, 2017, the president signed new tax legislation into law. The following describes several new provisions related specifically to 529 plan accounts, beginning with the 2018 tax year:

  • Account owners can use assets to pay for qualified K-12 expenses up to $10,000 per year per student.
  • Account owners can treat K-12 withdrawals as qualified expenses with respect to the federal tax benefit. The tax treatment of such withdrawals at the state level (determined by the taxpayer’s state of residence) is less clear, and states may ultimately determine the treatment of these withdrawals independently. Account owners should consult their tax advisors for further guidance.
  • Account owners can roll over 529 plans to ABLE plans, up to the ABLE annual contribution limit. States may need to expand the definition of qualified withdrawals to include rollovers into ABLE plans. Without a change to the definition, such rollovers could be categorized as nonqualified withdrawals.

We'll provide more information as additional details about the effects of the tax bill become clear. We encourage you to consult a qualified tax advisor about your personal situation.