NEW YORK - Section 529 plans, with $10 billion in assets at the end of 2001, could reach $100 billion by 2005 and more than $380 billion by 2010, according to estimates from Financial Research Corp. (FRC) of Boston.

Although 529s remain the least-used college savings vehicle, growing awareness about them is about to change that, according to a new survey by Aegon International Markets of Louisville, Ky. Aegon released findings of its survey at the 2002 College Savings Plan Summit here late last month, sponsored by Financial Research Associates of Santa Cruz, Calif.

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