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Get Started with a CESA or HSA in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1. Open Your Account

Open your account using the myEQUITY Online Application Wizard.

Open your account online in less than 10 minutes. You will be guided through the steps to provide your personal information and method of funding for your account. Then after completing a final review your application will be submitted.

What’s next?

Your account will typically be opened within 3 business days. Delays may occur if there are any corrections needed from you in order to complete the account setup process.

Step 2. Fund Your Account

Fund your new account with a contribution or transfer.

There is a $2,000 annual contribution limit imposed by the IRS for CESAs. There are also annual income limits that may impact your ability to contribute to a CESA. For more information related to eligibility requirements, visit or speak to a CPA or other financial professional.

You can fund your new HSA with a contribution, transfer from an existing HSA, or complete a once in a lifetime rollover from a Traditional IRA (up to the contribution limit).

Each year annual contribution limits are set by the IRS for HSAs. For 2019, the contribution limit for an individual HSA is $3,500 or $7,000 for a family HSA. If you are 55 or older, you can contribute an extra $1,000. To qualify for an HSA, you must have a high-deductible insurance plan. To learn more about eligibility requirements, visit

Step 3. Start Investing

Once your account is open and funded, you are ready to invest.

You direct all investments for your account with the freedom and flexibility to diversify your portfolio with both alternative and traditional assets.

Equity Trust will process the investment, per your direction, on behalf of your account.

You can process your investment direction online using the intuitive wizards or Transaction Launcher feature on myEQUITY to submit your request. The Transaction Tracker and dashboard provides access to monitor transactions, around-the-clock and from any device.


Tax-Advantaged Accounts for Individuals

Education and Health Savings Accounts

Coverdell Education Savings Account (CESA)

A Coverdell Education Savings Account (CESA) allows you to save for educational expenses in a tax-advantaged account. Earnings from investments in the account grow tax-deferred and distributions are tax-free when used for qualified expenses.


  • Save for higher education
  • Save for more than just college – help pay college expenses, in addition to elementary and secondary tuition, as well as books and supplies
  • Anyone can contribute to a CESA

Health Savings Account (HSA)

A Health Savings Account (HSA) allows you to save for current and future medical expenses in a tax-advantaged environment, while potentially reducing your health insurance premiums.


  • Potentially lower health care premiums
  • Triple tax advantages – possible tax deductions, funds grow tax-deferred, and qualified expenses are tax-free
  • Not a “use it or lose it” plan

Need Help Opening Your Account?

Call 855-673-4721 or schedule a consultation and a Senior Account Executive will answer your questions and walk you through the process.