Tools & resources

If you're looking for more information about planning and saving for college, these tools and websites can help.

Vanguard's college planning tools

Helpful websites

529 research

College Savings Plans Network

Compare 529 plans by state or feature, or check out a guide on getting started.


Find out more about Ascensus and the 529 plans that it administers. You can also take Learn 529, an online learning experience.

See performance rankings for a range of 529 portfolios, and browse college savings articles and tools.

College admissions

The College Board

Get help preparing for higher education, with information on admissions, assessments, financial aid, and enrollment.


Learn all about financial aid. This site also includes application information, frequently asked questions, calculators, and more.

Federal Student Aid/U.S. Department of Education

Learn about the federal financial aid process, and find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed in order to qualify for federal financial aid.

Federal school code search

Find the colleges and universities that are eligible schools under 529 plan rules.

New York organizations and schools

Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)

This state agency, co-administrator of New York's 529 College Savings Program, helps families pay for college with the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and guaranteed student loans. HESC also offers guidance on selecting, applying to, and paying for college.

New York State Office of Higher Education (NYSOHE)

This agency coordinates New York State's higher-education system and collects and publishes information on the quality and status of higher education in the state.

The State University of New York (SUNY)

SUNY is the nation's largest comprehensive state university system, with 64 campuses throughout New York State. It offers more than 7,000 degree and certificate programs and nearly 2 million workforce and professional development programs.

The City University of New York (CUNY)

CUNY is the nation's largest urban university. It has 11 senior colleges, 7 community colleges, an honors college, and 5 graduate and professional schools.

New York's Private Colleges & Universities

This site features more than 100 private colleges in New York State offering many diverse areas of academic study. You'll find profiles on each of the schools, details on open house events, and information about financial aid.

Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC)

This organization represents 16 New York State higher-education institutions, with 28 campuses across the state. Together, they serve more than 40,000 students.