Title 17. Education
Chapter 22-B. Louisiana Student Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust
Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve Program
17:3100.5 Education savings accounts; types, use, limitations, and disclosures
A. (1) The authority may enter into an account owner’s agreement with any person who qualifies pursuant to R.S. 17:3100.6(A) for the creation of an education savings account on behalf of a beneficiary. When the number of available agreements is limited, preference shall be given to the establishment of account owner agreements with resident account owners who are establishing accounts for resident beneficiaries.
(2) Disbursements from an education savings account shall be made from the account to the account owner, beneficiary, or elementary or secondary school, as directed by the account owner, for the qualified education expenses of the beneficiary not to exceed the redemption value of the account. The amount of all disbursements from all education savings accounts with respect to a beneficiary during any taxable year shall, in the aggregate, include not more than ten thousand dollars in qualified education expenses incurred during the taxable year.
(3) Nothing in this Chapter or in any education savings account owner’s agreement entered into pursuant to this Chapter shall be construed as a guarantee by the state, the authority, or any elementary or secondary school that a beneficiary of such an account will be admitted to such a school, or, upon admission to such a school, will be permitted to continue to attend or will receive a diploma or any other affirmation of program completion from the school. Nothing in this Chapter or in any education savings account owner’s agreement entered into pursuant to this Chapter shall be considered a guarantee that the beneficiary’s cost of tuition at an elementary or secondary school will be covered in full by the proceeds of the beneficiary’s education savings account.
(4) Subject to the limitation imposed by R.S. 17:3100.7(B), the authority shall guarantee payment of the redemption value of an education savings account in which the deposits and interest are invested in fixed earnings.
(5) Nothing in this Chapter or in any education savings account owner’s agreement entered into pursuant to this Chapter shall be construed as a guarantee of payment of the redemption value of an education savings account by the state, the authority, or any elementary or secondary school for deposits and interest invested in variable earnings.
B. The following information shall be disclosed in writing to each person completing an account owner’s agreement:
(1) The terms and conditions for opening, maintaining, terminating, or redeeming an education savings account.
(2) Any restrictions on the substitution of another individual for the original beneficiary.
(3) The person entitled to terminate the account owner’s agreement.
(4) The terms and conditions under which the agreement may be terminated and the amount of the refund, if any, to which the person terminating the agreement, or that person’s designee, is entitled upon termination.
(5) The obligation of the authority to make payments to a beneficiary, or an elementary or secondary school on behalf of a beneficiary pursuant to Subsection A of this Section, based upon the redemption value accrued on behalf of the beneficiary.
(6) The method by which withdrawals from the education savings account shall be applied toward payment of qualified education expenses.
(7) The period of time during which the beneficiary may receive benefits under the agreement.
(8) The terms and conditions under which money may be wholly or partially withdrawn from the program.
(9) A clear statement that the act of establishing an education savings account pursuant to this Chapter does not guarantee full payment of tuition on behalf of the beneficiary.
(10) A clear statement of fees that may be imposed and collected and an estimate of the amount of such fees for the two years following the establishment of an agreement.
(11) All other rights and obligations of the purchaser and the authority and any other terms, conditions, and provisions the authority considers necessary and appropriate.
C. An education savings account owner’s agreement may provide that the authority shall pay directly to the elementary or secondary school in which the beneficiary is enrolled the amount represented by the qualified education expenses incurred that term, subject to the limitations provided in Paragraph (A)(2) of this Section.
D. Prior to the close of the calendar year in which the program is implemented and each year thereafter on a date specified by the authority, the state treasurer shall determine and report to the authority the total earnings and the rate of return achieved on deposits in the Louisiana Education Tuition and Savings Fund. Based upon the fund’s reported earnings, the authority shall establish the rate of interest to be applied to the accumulated principal and interest in education savings accounts of record, subject to approval by the state treasurer. The authority shall calculate and credit the appropriate amount of interest earnings to each such account prior to the close of the calendar year.
E. If the redemption value of an education savings account is in excess of the maximum allowed to be saved pursuant to the provisions of 26 U.S.C. 529 as amended, the excess value shall be treated in accordance with R.S. 17:3100.7.
F. (1) Checks and electronic funds transfers through the Automated Clearing House Network, or its successor, received for deposit in a variable earnings option shall be invested by the state treasurer in fixed earnings prior to the trade date. All earnings from such investments from the beginning of the program shall be the property of the state and shall be deposited in the Variable Earnings Transaction Fund.
(2) Any increase in the value of an account over the amount deposited shall be forfeited by the account owner and deposited in the Variable Earnings Transaction Fund if the deposit was used to purchase units in a variable earnings option and made by check or Automated Clearing House Network a transfer that, subsequent to the trade date, was not honored by the financial institution on which it was drawn.
(3) Any increase in the value of an account over the amount deposited shall be forfeited by the account owner and deposited in the Variable Earnings Transaction Fund if the account was invested in a variable earnings option and terminated within twelve months of the date the account was opened.
(4) The monies in the Variable Earnings Transaction Fund shall be used by the authority to pay a financial institution’s charges and any loss in value between the purchase and redemption of units in a variable earnings option resulting from a check deposit or Automated Clearing House Network transfer that, subsequent to the trade date, is not honored by the financial institution on which it was drawn.
Added by Acts 2018, No. 687, § 2, eff. May 30, 2018.