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What’s a Select Account?

NextGen 529 Select Accounts are for people who prefer to work with a financial advisor. These investments are sold through financial advisors.

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Select Account Investment Options

There are 42 investment options available with a Select Account, including 40 investment options managed by one of American Century, BlackRock, Franklin Templeton, Lord Abbett, MainStay, MFS, or Neuberger Berman, as well as the Principal Plus Portfolio and the NextGen Savings Portfolio:

  • 4 Age-Based Diversified Portfolio Options
  • 11 Diversified Portfolio Options
  • 28 Single-Fund Portfolio Options
  • 1 Principal Plus Portfolio
  • 1 NextGen Savings Portfolio
For more information about Select Account investment options:

The New York Life guaranteed interest account, the underlying investment in the Principal Plus Portfolio, offers an annualized interest rate of 2.65%. See the Principal Plus Portfolio Client Series, Class A/C and Principal Plus Portfolio Client Series, Class I.

The current rate of the NextGen Savings Portfolio is 5.12% APY as of July 28, 2023.

Select Account Fees and Charges

Range of Total Annual Asset-Based Fees*
Client Select Series – A Unit Class0.00% – 1.25%
Client Select Series – C Unit Class0.00% 2.00%
Client Select Series – I Unit Class0.00% .97%
* As a percentage of a portfolio’s average annual net assets.

Fees and charges are different for each investment option. Total Annual Asset-Based Fees, which include program fees and underlying fund expenses, vary based on the portfolio option selected.

  • Other fees and charges may apply.
  • Sales charges may apply to purchases and to certain withdrawals.
  • Underlying Fund expenses are subject to change, affecting Total Annual Asset-Based Fees.

For complete information regarding Program Fees and underlying fund expenses, review the Select Series Program Description.

Select Account Performance

Like any investment, performance can rise or fall. For more information about the past performance of each investment option, get the Select Series performance chart.


Select Account Help

Contact your financial advisor or the NextGen 529 call center for help with your account.

If you have a NextGen 529 Select Account and work with a Merrill advisor, contact your advisor for help with your account, or use the MyMerrill online platform and mobile app.

The instructions below are for Select Account owners who receive their statements from Vestwell.


It’s Good to Be a Mainer

There’s grant money available for Maine residents. These grant programs can really boost your savings.1

$500 Alfond Grant for Maine Babies
$500 Alfond Grant for Maine Babies

A $500 grant toward future higher education expenses for all babies born Maine residents.2

$100 Initial Matching Grant
$100 Initial Matching Grant

Open your account, add $25 and get a $100 Initial Matching Grant.

$100 Automated Funding Grant
$100 Automated Funding Grant

Set up and make six consecutive automatic contributions from your payroll or bank account and get a $100 Automated Funding Grant.

30% NextStep Matching Grant
30% NextStep Matching Grant

Make contributions and get a 30% NextStep Matching Grant up to a $300 match per year.

1Grants for Maine Residents are linked to eligible Maine accounts. An Alfond Grant recipient is eligible to receive the $100 Initial Matching Grant if the minimum required initial contribution is made before the beneficiary’s first birthday. Upon withdrawal, grants are paid only to institutions of higher education. See Terms and Conditions of Maine Grant Programs for other conditions and restrictions that apply. Grants may lose value.

2The Alfond Grant is not automatic in all circumstances and is also available in limited other circumstances. The use of the Alfond Grant is also subject to certain restrictions – see Alfond Grant Guidelines.