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Golden State Scholarshare Trust Act   

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In addition to the powers and authority granted pursuant to Section 69981, the board shall have the powers and authority to do all of the following:

(a) Carry out studies and projections in order to advise participants regarding present and estimated future higher education expenses and the levels of financial participation in the Scholarshare trust required in order to enable participants to achieve their education funding objectives.

(b) Contract for goods and services and engage personnel, including consultants, actuaries, managers, counsel, and auditors, as necessary for the purpose of rendering professional, managerial, and technical assistance and advice.

(c) Participate in any other way in any federal, state, or local governmental program for the benefit of the Scholarshare trust.

(d) Promulgate, impose, and collect administrative fees and charges in connection with transactions of the Scholarshare trust, and provide for reasonable service charges, including penalties for cancellations.

(e) Procure insurance against any loss in connection with the property, assets, or activities of the Scholarshare trust.

(f) Administer the funds of the Scholarshare trust.

(g) Procure insurance indemnifying any member of the board from personal loss or liability resulting from a member's action or inaction as a member of the board.

(h) Adopt reasonable regulations for the administration of the Scholarshare trust.

(i) Set minimum and maximum investment levels.

(j) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the overall maximum investment level for a designated beneficiary shall not exceed the amount equivalent to the maximum estimated qualified higher education expenses, as defined by subdivision (l) of Section 69980 and established by the board, that can be incurred by a beneficiary. The maximum investment level shall be published by the board as a monetary amount, in order to state contribution limits clearly and to encourage participation on behalf of beneficiaries who will attend all types of higher education institutions, both public and independent.

(2) Contributions by entities exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and state and local government agencies operating bona fide scholarship programs for the benefit of beneficiaries to be named when the scholarships are awarded are not subject to maximum contribution limits.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 318, Sec. 3.)

Reference:

Education Code 69980

Education Code 69981

Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3)