Maryland College Investment Plan Earns Morningstar's Highest Rating for the Fifth Year in a Row!


In October 2014, the Maryland College Investment Plan received national recognition from Morningstar for the fifth year in a row. The College Investment Plan, managed by T. Rowe Price, was one of only four plans to receive the “Gold” rating in 2014, 2013, and 2012. In addition, the Plan also received Morningstar’s “Top” rating in 2011 and 2010 under Morningstar’s previous rating system.

According to Morningstar’s 2014 report, plans with a “Gold” rating “lead the industry and represent some of the best options available for college savers.” Morningstar stated that the College Investment Plan continues “to offer some of the most compelling actively managed investments among direct-sold plans.” The report also mentions the “underlying funds have been strong performers, which contributes to the plans' attractive risk-adjusted results.”

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Details on Morningstar's ratings:

 2014, 2013 and 2012: Morningstar analysts reviewed 64 plans for 2014 ratings (10/21/2014), 2013 ratings (10/22/13), and 2012 ratings (10/15/12), of which 4 plans received a "Gold" rating. To determine a plan's rating, Morningstar's analysts considered five factors: the plan's strategy and investment process; the plan's risk-adjusted performance; an assessment of the individuals managing the plan's investment options; the stewardship practices of the plan's administration and parent firm; and whether the plan's investment options are a good value proposition compared to its peers. Plans were then assigned forward-looking ratings of "Gold," "Silver," "Bronze," "Neutral," and "Negative." 21 of the industry's smallest plans were not rated in 2014 or 2013, and 22 were not rated in 2012.

2011 and 2010: Morningstar analysts reviewed 58 plans for its 2011 ratings, of which 6 plans received a "Top" rating, and 53 plans for its 2010 ratings, of which 5 plans received a "Top" rating. Ratings for each plan in 2011 and 2010 were based on five factors: the quality of the underlying investment options; performance of those options; the skill of the managers of those options; the costs associated with each plan; and the stewardship practices of each plan's program manager. Plans were then assigned ratings of "Top," "Above Average," "Average," "Below Average," and "Bottom." To earn a "Top" rating under the previous ratings scale, a plan needed to be best-in-class across all five areas.

Analyst Ratings are subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions. Analyst Ratings are based on Morningstar analysts’ current expectations about future events and therefore involve unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Morningstar’s expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what was expected. Morningstar does not represent its Analyst Ratings to be guarantees.


  All college savings portfolios are subject to market risk, including possible loss of principal.