In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 15-1871

  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • enrollment: means that a pupil is currently registered in the school district. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • National Bank: A bank that is subject to the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department. A national bank can be recognized because it must have "national" or "national association" in its name. Source: OCC
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • person: means an individual, partnership, corporation, association or public or private organization of any kind. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Trust account: A general term that covers all types of accounts in a trust department, such as estates, guardianships, and agencies. Source: OCC
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.

1. "Account" means an individual trust account in the fund established as prescribed in this article.

2. "Account owner" means the person who enters into a tuition savings agreement pursuant to this article, who is an account owner within the meaning of section 529 of the internal revenue code and who is designated at the time an account is opened as having the right to withdraw monies from the account before the account is disbursed to or for the benefit of the designated beneficiary.

3. "Commission" means the commission for postsecondary education established by section 15-1851.

4. "Committee" means the family college savings program oversight committee.

5. "Designated beneficiary" means a person who qualifies as a designated beneficiary under section 529 of the internal revenue code and, except as provided in section 15-1875, subsections P and Q, with respect to an account, who is designated at the time the account is opened as the person whose higher education expenses are expected to be paid from the account or, if this designated beneficiary is replaced in accordance with section 15-1875, subsections D, E and F, the replacement beneficiary.

6. "Eligible educational institution" means an institution of higher education that qualifies under section 529 of the internal revenue code as an eligible educational institution.

7. "Financial institution" means any bank, commercial bank, national bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, insurance company, brokerage firm or other similar entity that is authorized to do business in this state.

8. "Fund" means the family college savings program trust fund that constitutes a public instrumentality of this state and that is established by section 15-1873.

9. "Member of the family" means any of the following:

(a) A son or daughter of a person or a descendant of the son or daughter of the person.

(b) A stepson or stepdaughter of a person.

(c) A brother, sister, stepbrother or stepsister of a person. For the purposes of this subdivision, "brother" and "sister" includes a brother or sister by the half-blood.

(d) The father or mother of a person or the ancestor of the father or mother of a person.

(e) A stepfather or stepmother of a person.

(f) A son or daughter of a person’s brother or sister. For the purposes of this subdivision, "brother" and "sister" includes a brother or sister by the half-blood.

(g) A brother or sister of the person’s father or mother. For the purposes of this subdivision, "brother" and "sister" includes a brother or sister by the half-blood.

(h) A son-in-law, daughter-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law of a person.

(i) The spouse of a person or the spouse of any individual described in this paragraph.

(j) A first cousin of a person.

(k) Any individual who meets the criteria for family membership described in this paragraph as a result of legal adoption.

10. "Nonqualified withdrawal" means a withdrawal from an account other than one of the following:

(a) A qualified withdrawal.

(b) A withdrawal made as the result of the death or disability of the designated beneficiary of an account.

(c) A withdrawal that is made on the account of a scholarship, or the allowance or payment described in section 135(d)(1)(B) or (C) of the internal revenue code, and that is received by the designated beneficiary, but only to the extent of the amount of this scholarship, allowance or payment.

(d) A rollover or change of designated beneficiary.

11. "Person" means an individual, an individual’s legal representative or any other legal entity authorized to establish a savings account under section 529 of the internal revenue code and the corresponding regulations.

12. "Program" means the family college savings program that is established under this article and that constitutes a qualified tuition program as defined in section 529 of the internal revenue code.

13. "Qualified higher education expenses" means tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board and equipment required for enrollment or attendance of a designated beneficiary at an eligible educational institution and expenses for special needs services in the case of a special needs beneficiary that are incurred in connection with enrollment or attendance, if these expenses meet the definition of qualified higher education expenses in section 529 of the internal revenue code.

14. "Qualified withdrawal" means a withdrawal from an account to pay the qualified higher education expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account, but only if the withdrawal is made in accordance with this article.

15. "Section 529 of the internal revenue code" means section 529 of the internal revenue code of 1986, as amended, and the final regulations issued pursuant to that section.

16. "Trust interest" means an account owner’s interest in the fund created by a tuition savings agreement for the benefit of a designated beneficiary.

17. "Tuition savings agreement" means an agreement between the commission, as trustee of the fund, and an account owner that creates an interest in the fund and that provides for participation in the program.