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2010 Georgia Code
O.C.G.A. 20-3-605 (2010)
TITLE 20 - EDUCATION
CHAPTER 3 - POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION
ARTICLE 10 - COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY ACT
§ 20-3-605 - Advance tuition payment contract authorized; form and contents of contract
20-3-605. Advance tuition payment contract authorized; form and contents of contract
(a) The trust, on behalf of itself and the state, may contract with a purchaser for the advance payment of tuition by the purchaser for a qualified beneficiary to attend any of the state institutions of higher education to which the qualified beneficiary is admitted, without further tuition cost to the qualified beneficiary. In addition, an advance tuition payment contract shall set forth all of the following:
(1) The amount of the payment or payments required from the purchaser on behalf of the qualified beneficiary;
(2) The terms and conditions for making the payment, including, but not limited to, the date or dates upon which the payment, or portions of the payment, shall be due;
(3) Provisions for late payment charges and for default;
(4) The name and age of the qualified beneficiary under the contract. The purchaser, with the approval of and on conditions determined by the trust, may subsequently substitute another person for the qualified beneficiary originally named;
(5) The number of credit hours covered by the contract;
(6) The name of the person entitled to terminate the contract, which, as provided by the contract, may be the purchaser, the qualified beneficiary, or a person to act on behalf of the purchaser or qualified beneficiary, or any combination of these persons;
(7) The terms and conditions under which the contract may be terminated and the amount of the refund, if any, to which the person terminating the contract, or specifically the purchaser or designated qualified beneficiary if the contract so provides, shall be entitled upon termination;
(8) The assumption of a contractual obligation by the trust to the qualified beneficiary on its own behalf and on behalf of the state to provide for credit hours of higher education, not to exceed credit hours required for the granting of a baccalaureate degree, at any state institution of higher education to which the qualified beneficiary is admitted. The advance tuition payment contract shall provide for the credit hours of higher education that a qualified beneficiary may receive under the contract if the qualified beneficiary is not entitled to in-state tuition rates;
(9) The period of time from the beginning to the end of which the qualified beneficiary may receive the benefits under the contract;
(10) All other rights and obligations of the purchaser and the trust; and
(11) Other terms, conditions, and provisions as the trust considers in its sole discretion to be necessary or appropriate.
(b) The form of any advance tuition payment contract to be entered into by the trust shall first be approved by the Office of Planning and Budget.
(c) The trust shall make any arrangements that are necessary or appropriate with the board of regents or state institutions of higher education in order to fulfill its obligations under advance tuition payment contracts, which arrangements may include, but need not be limited to, the payment by the trust of the then actual in-state tuition cost on behalf of a qualified beneficiary to the state institution of higher education.
(d) An advance tuition payment contract shall provide that the trust provide for the qualified beneficiary to attend a community or junior college in this state before entering a state institution of higher education if the beneficiary so chooses and that the contract may be terminated pursuant to Code Section 20-3-607 after completing the requirements for a degree at the community or junior college in this state or before entering a state institution of higher education.
(e) An advance tuition payment contract may provide that, if after a number of years specified in the contract the contract has not been terminated or the qualified beneficiary's rights under the contract have not been exercised, the trust shall retain the amounts otherwise payable and the rights of the qualified beneficiary, the purchaser, or the agent of either shall be considered terminated.
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