What is an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)?
ESA’s allow parent to take control of their child’s education. Using an ESA, parents are able to “opt-out” of the public school system and instead can choose to receive their child’s allocated state education dollars. These funds are deposited into an account that the parent or guardian controls.
ESA funds can be used to pay for private school tuition, tutoring or educational therapies. Parents can even purchase curriculum and educate their child at home using an ESA!
The program is administered by the Arizona Department of Education. The easy, one-page application is online. There are no testing or income requirements.
Who is eligible for an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)?
- Children with special needs (with an IEP or 504 from a public school)
- Children attending D or F rated public schools. (Click here to find out what grade your child’s school received.)
- Children who have ever been foster care
- Children in active duty military families
- Children living on Tribal lands
- Children with a parent or guardian who is visually or hearing impaired
- Siblings of qualifying children
NOTE: With the exception of military families and students in preschool or entering Kindergarten, the ESA program requires that students must meet certain public school attendance requirements. Qualification is determined solely by the Arizona Department of Education.
Questions? Contact Esly Montenegro, Implementation Director at (623) 363-3759 or email@example.com.