2018 Code of Alabama
Title 16 - EDUCATION.
Section 16-33C-10 - ACES Program generally.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 16-33C-10 (2018)
Section 16-33C-10ACES Program generally.

(a) The ACES Program is established as one college savings alternative under the plan whereby contributors open ACES savings accounts according to savings agreements for the payment of qualified higher education costs for a designated beneficiary at eligible educational institutions, terms as defined in Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law. The ACES Program includes the ACES Trust Fund, the ACES Administrative Fund, and the ACES Opportunity Enhancement Fund created pursuant to this chapter. The ACES Program may be marketed under a different name than ACES.

(b) The ACES Trust Fund is hereby created and shall be comprised of separate ACES savings accounts held in segregated accounts as established by savings agreements. Funds contributed to the ACES savings accounts established pursuant to the ACES Program are held in trust by the Savings Board for the sole benefit of the contributor and designated beneficiary. Contributions which are received by the ACES Program from any public or private source, except those which are payments of administrative fees, shall be placed in the ACES Trust Fund.

(c) The ACES Administrative Fund is hereby created as a separate fund within the State Treasurer's office for the purpose of administering the ACES Program. The ACES Administrative Fund shall accept, deposit, and disburse funds for the purpose of administering the ACES Program. All funds in the ACES Administrative Fund are hereby irrevocably pledged to the payment of the administrative costs of the ACES Program. Funds in the ACES Administrative Fund may be invested by the State Treasurer in any investment facility allowed by this chapter. Any interest and earnings from the investment of funds in the ACES Administrative Fund shall be deposited to, and become a part of, the ACES Administrative Fund for use as authorized by this chapter. All funds in the ACES Administrative Fund at the end of each fiscal year of the State of Alabama shall remain in that administrative fund and be automatically carried forward and available to be appropriated by the Alabama Legislature for the administration of the ACES Program.

(d) The State Treasurer is authorized to retain the services of one or more persons as staff members in order to implement and manage the ACES Program. Any expenses incurred shall be paid from the ACES Administrative Fund.

(e) Property and income of the ACES Trust Fund, ACES Administrative Fund, and the ACES Opportunity Enhancement Fund shall be exempt from all taxation by the state and by all of its political subdivisions.

(f) The ACES Opportunity Enhancement Fund is created as a separate fund within the State Treasurer's office for the purpose of enhancing and providing higher education opportunities and programs, as the Savings Board deems necessary and appropriate. The fund may receive contributions from individuals, private business entities, public corporations, and contractual agreements with service providers. The funds shall be utilized in the discretion and solely at the direction of the Savings Board. The amounts on deposit in the fund shall not constitute property of the state, and the state shall have no claim or interest in them.

(Act 2001-427, p. 544, §2; Act 2006-62, p. 75, §1; Act 2010-725, p. 1800, §7; Act 2015-442, §1.)
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