Guide to the Issues: Education Savings Accounts (ESAs)

Jan 30, 2018

An education savings account is an individual student bank account, established by state law, which holds some or all of the public funds that would normally be allocated for the education of the participating student. Generally, the student must meet certain qualifications and the parent or guardian of the student must sign a contract with […]

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