ScholarShare 529
The California way
to save for college

A flexible and tax-advantaged savings plan
for your child’s higher education

A personal message from Fiona Ma, Treasurer of the State of California

Why ScholarShare 529?

We offer a wide range of benefits to meet your college savings needs—whatever they are and whenever they happen.

Unique tax advantages

Unsurpassed 529 tax benefits for California savers, with 100% tax-free growth on qualified withdrawals.

Flexible

529 savings can be used for a wide range of higher education expenses and programs, in California and around the world.1

Range of
investment options

Smart investment portfolios to fit your life situation, risk tolerance and savings goals.

Low fees and expenses

Less than half the average expenses of the other 529 plans, which means more money for college.2

A history of helping families meet their college savings goals

Established history

Helping California families save for college for more than 20 years.

Trusted by thousands

Managing more than $10.9 billion in assets for over 385,000 accounts as of 9/30/22.3

529 Savings Leader

More than 30,000 student accounts are added every year.

It takes only 15 minutes to start saving for college

Step 1

Learn and explore

Find out how the plan works, including its benefits and tax advantages, and how funds can be used.

How our 529 plan works

Step 2

Pick a portfolio

Choose investment options that fit your needs and goals.

Investment options

Step 3

Start saving

Open your ScholarShare 529 account today and begin contributing to your child’s future.

More to explore

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    CalKIDS, the nation's largest CSA program, jumpstarts college savings for over 3.4 million children statewide.

    Learn about CalKIDS
  • Higher Education Report

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  • Schedule an appointment

    Schedule a free consultation in English or Spanish with a ScholarShare 529 college savings specialist.

    Book a consultation