529 savings plan
A type of 529 plan that allows you to invest your education savings in various types of investments, including mutual funds. Like a 401(k) or IRA retirement plan, your account could go up or down depending on market performance. This plan, also called an education savings plan, is typically sponsored by a state and may be available from a private investment firm. You also can use this plan to help pay tuition at public, private, or religious schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.