START is Louisiana’s 529 college savings plan.  The program has gone from 2,966 accounts and $3.9 million in total deposits in the 2000 Calendar Year to 56,204 accounts and more than $718 million in total assets by the close of the 2016 Calendar Year. This past year, fixed income investments in the program earned a rate of return of 1.6 percent, and equity investments in START earned 4.58 percent to 18.3 percent depending on the investment option chosen.

START has performed so well over the years that SavingForCollege.com ranks it first of all 529 plans in the nation for 10-year performance. The program was also ranked in the Top 10 for 1-year, 3-year and 5-year performance.

Visit the START website.