What is the ESA Program?
The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, which began in the 2011-2012 school year, is the new frontier in school choice.
ESA was expanded in 2012 to include students in failing schools, foster care children, and children of military personnel, in addition to special needs students.
This legislation makes every child eligible to enter the program (phased-in over 4 years and subject to enrollment caps).
The average ESA amount is $5,000.
In order to be eligible for the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program for the 2017-2018 school year, a student must reside in Arizona and must have been enrolled in an Arizona public or charter school for 100 days of the 2016-2017 school year. For school year 2017-2018, all children entering Kindergarten or grades 1, 6 and 9 are eligible to receive an ESA.
If you are seeking financial aid, scholarships, and/or Tax Credits for your student in excess of $5000, please do not apply for the ESA Program.
If you are seeking financial aid, scholarships, and/or Tax Credits for less than $5000, the ESA program could be an option for you. Please note that if you are accepted into the ESA Program and receive an award, you cannot combine that award with any other financial aid, scholarships, and/or Tax Credits.Click here
for additional information about the ESA Program and how to apply.