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2503(c) Trusts for Education Savings

Aug 26, 2011 10:33:05 AM / by The Retirement Group (800) 900-5867

2503(c) Trusts for Education Savings



A Section 2503(c) trust is a trust established for the benefit of a minor child and managed by a trustee. It is named after Section 2503(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, which grants an exception to the general rule that only gifts of present interests qualify for the annual federal gift tax exclusion.


  • Your child must be under age 21 in order to be the beneficiary of a 2503(c) trust

Key Strengths

  • Child will not have control of trust assets until age 21

Key Tradeoffs 

  • Trust is irrevocable once established
  • Expensive to establish and maintain the trust
  • A significant lump sum is usually required to establish the trust
  • Trust income over a certain amount is taxed at a higher rate than individual income
  • The original beneficiary cannot be changed
  • Negative impact on your child's eligibility for financial aid

Variations from State to State 

  • None

How Difficult Is It to Implement? 

  • Select legal professional to draft trust document
  • Transfer assets to the trust
  • File annual tax return on behalf of trust
  • Distribute assets to child when child turns 21 (or as specified in trust)

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