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Understanding Public Chapter 506: Education Savings Accounts

June 2019 (revised May 2020)

Author: Tara Bergfeld

Legislative Brief

Public Chapter 506 (2019) creates the Tennessee Education Savings Account (ESA) program, which allows eligible students in Shelby and Davidson counties to use state and local BEP funds toward expenses, such as tutoring services, fees for early postsecondary opportunity courses and examinations, and tuition, fees, and textbooks at approved private schools. This legislative brief answers questions about eligibility, allowable expenses, funding, and accountability for the new program.