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Education Bill Would Affect 529 Plan Asset Status

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New student loan legislation could affect the way colleges treat 529 plan assets and Coverdell education savings account assets when assessing student financial need.

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, has included a provision in Section 104 of the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 that would include 529 plan distributions, other prepaid tuition plan distributions and Coverdell ESA distributions in the definition of “other financial assistance.”

The section also would define “qualified education benefits” as assets of the student receiving the benefits, according to a copy of the bill text distributed by Miller’s office.