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Step 3: Open a 529 account

Open a 529 account in California

California’s 529 plan is called ScholarShare 529, and it’s been helping families of all income levels save since 1999. ScholarShare 529 offers a diverse set of low-cost investment options, tax-deferred growth, and withdrawals free from state and federal taxes when used for qualified higher education expenses.

To open your 529 account in just 15 minutes visit

Ready to move onto the next step?

Finished opening a ScholarShare 529 account? Move to the next step in your CalKIDS journey.