In an annual review of the largest 529 college-savings plans, Morningstar identified 29 plans that rose above their typical peers, awarding those plans Gold, Silver, and Bronze Morningstar Analyst Ratings for 2014.
These forward-looking, qualitative ratings signal Morningstar's conviction in the plans' abilities to outperform their relevant benchmark and peer groups on a risk-adjusted basis over the long term. Morningstar evaluates college-savings plans based on five key pillars--Process, Performance, People, Parent, and Price. Gold- and Silver-rated plans are those that our analysts consider the most appealing to college savers, with reasonable fees, strong investment options, and capable oversight. Analysts award Bronze ratings to those plans that also have attractive features, although these plans don't garner as much conviction as the Gold- and Silver-rated plans.
Kathryn Spica, CFA does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar's editorial policies.