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Virginia inVEST 529 Plan Earns Top Marks

A notable fee reduction in 2016 boosts this college-savings plan's already strong appeal.

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A notable fee reduction in 2016 adds to Virginia inVEST's already strong appeal. The plan reduced its program management fee to 0.10% from 0.15% in July 2016. That reduction, paired with a move to cheaper share classes for two underlying funds earlier in the year, made the age-based funds' fees attractively priced, particularly given their significant use of actively managed strategies. This lifts the plan's Price rating to Positive. Combine the low fees with a thoughtful approach and strong underlying managers, and the plan readily earns its Morningstar Analyst Rating upgrade to Gold from Silver.