COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM
33-5404. Program requirements. (1) The program shall be operated through the use of individual accounts. Each account may be opened by any person who desires to save for the qualified higher education expenses of a person. If approved by the board, minors may open an account that cannot be disaffirmed pursuant to section 32-103, Idaho Code. A person may open an account by satisfying each of the following requirements:
(a) Completing an application in the form prescribed by the board. The application shall include the following information:
(i) The name, address and social security number or employer identification number of the contributor;
(ii) The name, address and social security number of the account owner if the account owner is not the contributor;
(iii) The name, address and social security number of the designated beneficiary;
(iv) The certification relating to no excess contributions required by subsection (13) of this section; and
(v) Any other information that the board may require;
(b) Paying the onetime application fee established by the board;
(c) Making the minimum contribution required by the board or by opening an account; and
(d) Designating the type of account to be opened if more than one (1) type of account is offered.
(2) Any person may make contributions to an account after the account is opened.
(3) Contributions to accounts may be made only in cash.
(4) Account owners may withdraw all or part of the balance from an account on sixty (60) days’ notice, or a shorter period as may be authorized by the board and as described in the securities disclosure or offering document approved by the board and provided to account owners and potential account owners.
(5) An account owner may change the designated beneficiary of an account to an individual who is a member of the family of the former designated beneficiary in accordance with procedures established by the board.
(6) On the direction of an account owner, all or a portion of an account may be transferred to another account of which the designated beneficiary is a member of the family of the designated beneficiary of the transferee account.
(7) Changes in designated beneficiaries and rollovers under this section are not permitted if the changes or rollovers would violate the provisions of this section relating to excess contributions or to direction of investments.
(8) Each account shall be maintained separately from each other account under the program.
(9) Separate records and accounting shall be maintained for each account for each designated beneficiary.
(10) No contributor to, account owner of or designated beneficiary of any account may direct the investment of any contributions to an account or the earnings from the account.
(11) The board may transfer accounts held by a depository or manager to a successor depository or manager; provided, however, that the transfer to a successor depository or manager does not cause the plan to cease to be a qualified tuition program or subject individual accounts to taxes or penalties.
(12) Neither an account owner nor a designated beneficiary may use an interest in an account as security for a loan. Any pledge of an interest in an account is of no force and effect.
(13) The board shall prevent contributions on behalf of a designated beneficiary in excess of those necessary to pay the qualified higher education expenses of the designated beneficiaries. The board’s rules, policies, guidelines, or procedures shall address the following:
(a) Procedures for aggregating the total balances of multiple accounts established for a designated beneficiary;
(b) The establishment of a maximum total balance that may be held in accounts for a designated beneficiary;
(c) The board shall review the quarterly reports received from participating financial institutions and certify that the balance in all qualified tuition programs, as defined in section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code, of which that person is the designated beneficiary does not exceed the lesser of:
(i) A maximum college savings amount established by the board from time to time; or
(ii) The cost in current dollars of qualified higher education expenses that the contributor reasonably anticipates the designated beneficiary will incur; and
(d) Requirements that any excess balances with respect to a designated beneficiary be promptly withdrawn in a nonqualified withdrawal or rolled over to another account in accordance with this section.
(14) If there is any distribution from an account to any person or for the benefit of any person during a calendar year, the distribution shall be reported to the internal revenue service and the account owner or the designated beneficiary to the extent required by federal law.
(15) The program shall provide statements to each account owner at least once each year within thirty-one (31) days after the twelve (12) month period to which they relate. The statement shall identify the contributions made during a preceding twelve (12) month period, the total contributions made through the end of the period, the value of the account as of the end of this period, distributions made during this period and any other matters that the board requires be reported to the account owner.
(16) Statements and information returns relating to accounts shall be prepared and filed to the extent required by federal or state tax law.
(17) A state or local government or organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may open and become the account owner of an account to fund scholarships for persons whose identity will be determined after an account is opened.
(18) In the case of any account described in subsection (17) of this section, the requirement that a designated beneficiary be designated when an account is opened does not apply and each person who receives an interest in the account as a scholarship shall be treated as a designated beneficiary with respect to the interest.
(19) Any social security numbers, addresses or telephone numbers of individual account holders and designated beneficiaries that come into the possession of the board are confidential, are not public records and shall not be released by the board.
[33-5404, added 2000, ch. 213, sec. 1, p. 577; am. 2002, ch. 50, sec. 2, p. 114; am. 2008, ch. 275, sec. 3, p. 784; am. 2013, ch. 110, sec. 4, p. 263; am. 2020, ch. 245, sec. 2, p. 717.]