Arizona Community Scholarship Programs
The state of Arizona has enacted two School Choice initiatives that can provide scholarships to qualified students to help alleviate some of the financial barriers families face when choosing the educational setting that best suits their child.
Interested families should explore these options. Links to the sources of these programs are found below. Please be aware that these two programs are mutually exclusive. Students may not receive scholarships from both programs. Both scholarships are student-specific and may not be combined in a given school year.
Arizona Private School Tax Credit Program
The Private School Tax Credit allows all Arizona taxpayers to contribute a portion of their Arizona tax liability to a Certified School Tuition Organization (STO) and take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their state income tax return.
Any Arizona taxpayer can contribute to this program regardless of their scholarship status.
Certified School Tuition Organizations (STO) make scholarships available to qualified kindergarten through grade twelve students. Families may apply to STOs for scholarships for their children, either enrolling in a private school for the first time or wishing to continue attending a private school. STO scholarships may only be used for school tuition expenses.
For further information on the state laws governing these scholarships, please visit the Arizona Department of Revenue website’s pages on individual and corporate tax credit programs.
Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)
The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program is a scholarship through the Arizona Department of Education. It is available for students in kindergarten through grade twelve who are residents of Arizona and who DO NOT attend public school. ESA funds can be used for approved educational expenses such as private school tuition, books, and tutoring. Additional information can be found at the Arizona Department of Education.
Note: Families of students who receive ESA scholarships may still donate to the Private School Tax Credit Program and receive the dollar-for-dollar credit on their state income tax return.
Please contact Kristie Berg, Director of Financial Aid & Arizona Community Scholarship Programs, at 602.955.8200, ext. 2228, with any questions regarding these programs.