Code of the District of Columbia

§ 1–307.68. Use of opportunity account funds.

(a) An account holder may withdraw his or her opportunity account funds or matching funds for any of the following purposes, if approved by the administering organization:

(1) To pay educational costs for the account holder or a spouse, domestic partner, father, mother, child, or dependent of the account holder at an accredited institution of higher education;

(2) To pay job training costs for the account holder or a spouse, domestic partner, father, mother, child, or dependent of the account holder at an accredited or licensed training program;

(3) To purchase a primary residence;

(4) To pay for major repairs or improvements to a primary residence;

(5) To fund start-up costs of a business for the account holder or a spouse, domestic partner, father, mother, child, or dependent of the account holder;

(6) To pay for costs associated with a medical emergency, to the extent that those costs are not covered by insurance;

(7) To pay for costs and expenses incurred during retirement;

(8) To purchase a federally qualified individual retirement account if such purchase takes place not earlier than 5 years after the establishment of the opportunity account.

(b) If an account holder withdraws opportunity account funds or matching funds for a purpose not allowed by this part: (1) the account holder shall lose his or her matching funds and the matching funds shall be returned to the District of Columbia and administering organization in the same amounts as the matching funds were provided; (2) the account holder shall be removed from the opportunity account program; and (3) all funds deposited by the account holder into the opportunity account shall be returned to the account holder. The Mayor may establish, by rule, an opportunity for an account holder to reinstate funds to his or her opportunity account or matching funds account after an unlawful withdrawal before the penalties in this subsection shall take effect.


(Apr. 3, 2001, D.C. Law 13-266, § 9, 48 DCR 1240; June 19, 2001, D.C. Law 13-313, § 26(c), (d), 48 DCR 1873.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-307.67.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 13-313, in subsec. (a)(2), deleted “who is at least 18 years of age” following “account holder”; and, in subsec. (a)(5), deleted “who is at least 18 years of age or older” following “account holder”.