The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to help parents shop wisely for educational savings programs.

The agency has published an introduction to 529 plans that describes the plans, compares 529 plan features with the features of state prepaid tuition plans, and discusses various aspects of 529 plan investment vehicles, such as share classes and programs for buying “no load” 529 plans from program sponsors or managers.

A copy of the SEC’s 529 plan guide is on the Web at Document Link