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Getting started is easy peasy. Here's how to take the first steps on your college savings journey.

Step 1: Find out if the Vanguard 529 Plan is your best option

Step 2: Choose your investments

After figuring out your comfort with risk, consider an age-based option to make investing as easy as possible.

Step 3: Open your 529 account

Here's what you'll need:

  • Your personal information (name, address, Social Security number, etc.).
  • Your beneficiary's name, birth date, and Social Security number.
  • Your banking information (bank account number and routing number), if you're going to make your first contribution using an electronic transfer.
  • Your investment selections.
Open a college account

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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.