As a parent or grandparent, one of the best things you can do is give your child or grandchild a good education. But what if you weren’t around to help make it happen? Fortunately, you can put plans in place in your Will to make sure your children’s or grandchildren’s inheritance goes towards their education.

Usually, when you die, any inheritance your beneficiaries receive becomes part of their personal assets and are under their control. There’s no guarantee that they will use their inheritance for any particular purpose, such as their education. An education fund established through a testamentary trust in your Will is a tax-effective and flexible way to provide for the education of your children or grandchildren.

Case Study

Rob and Amber have two teenage children who are their beneficiaries. They are worried that, in the event of their deaths, their children will not be mature enough to use their inheritance responsibly. They wish to establish an education fund.

As a result, Rob and Amber’s Wills state that 40 per cent of their children’s inheritances will be held in an education fund with the following terms:

1) Until the beneficiary turns 30, their access to the income and capital of the trust is limited to specified purposes, such as:

  • education expenses, including HECS liabilities
  • hospital and medical expenses
  • rent or accommodation charges

2) If the children gain a certain level of tertiary education by the age of 30 they are given full control of the trust. If not, the remaining balance of the education fund will be given to charities as chosen by Rob and Amber.

An education fund ensures that your children are adequately supported, but also gives them an incentive to further their education. 

Published by NEO Financial Solutions NEO Financial Solutions, NEO News Fourth Edition 2017 - Source: Australian Executor Trustees

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