Tools & resources

These tools, plan updates and helpful websites can help you plan and save for higher education.

Vanguard’s college planning tools

Plan updates

Find out about changes to the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan and learn about plan events, contests and other news.

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.

College admissions


More than 1.8 million high school graduates take the ACT college admissions test each year. ACT programs are designed to boost lifelong learning and potential for success in schools and workplaces around the country.

The College Board

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


Educate yourself 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.

Iowa organizations

Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)

Iowa students and their families can learn about choosing a college, applying for financial aid and managing debt. All services provided by ICAN are free to Iowa students.

Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Find out about scholarships, grants, loans and other programs available at Iowa colleges and universities.