A qualified student must be an Arizona resident who is identified as having a disability either by a Section 504 Plan or deemed eligible to receive special education services by a school district. Also, your child must have done one of the following:
- Attended public school full-time for the first 100 days during the prior school year
- Received a scholarship from a Student Tuition Organization that receives contributions to provide scholarships to students with disabilities pursuant to ARS 43-1505
- Received an Empowerment Scholarship Account in the prior year
Upon completion of the application and other required forms, the state treasurer will deposit 90% of the state support level each individual student would have received into an Empowerment Scholarship Account. The amount varies by student and school district.
ESA funds can be used for the following:
- Tuition and fees at a private school
- An online learning program serving preschool through secondary school students
- Educational therapies or services from a licensed or accredited practitioner
- Tutoring services
- Fees for standardized testing, Advanced Placement exams, or any exam related to postsecondary admissions
- Contributions to a qualified College Saving Plan (529 Plan)
- Tuition or fees at an eligible postsecondary institution
- Bank fees charged for the management of the ESA
ESA 2013-2014 New Applicants
ESA staff will begin accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year beginning January 1-May 1, 2013. (Do not submit your application until January 1, 2013.)ESA enrollment for 2013-2014 school year will only be offered one time.
The application process time is January 1-May 1, 2013 by 3pm.
The sooner that you submit your application along with required documents, the sooner ESA Staff will send out your Award Letter with the total award amount for 2013-2014 school year and your quarterly disbursement.
Visit http://www.azed.gov/esa/ for the information you need to determine if your child is qualified for the ESA and how to apply.