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The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)
The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program is an account administered by The Arizona Department of Education that is funded by state tax dollars to provide educational options for qualified Arizona students. By opting out of the public school system, parents can seek a range of alternative educational services, such as private school or home-based education, to tailor an individualized educational plan that is best for their child. Other eligibility guidelines and additional ESA details and the online application can be viewed here.
Tuition Tax Credit Program – Learn more!
We in the State of Arizona are blessed with the Tuition Tax Credit program to help parents afford sending their children to Christian Schools.
- This program allows a tax payer to designate their tax dollars toward the tuition cost of students at Christian schools. The taxpayer does this by sending the amount desired to one of many School Tuition Organizations (STOs — see list below). 90% of the money is then used by the STO to scholarship students.
- The tax payer may choose to recommend a specific student for whom the money is to be used (taxpayer’s own dependent is not eligible). The taxpayer may also choose to recommend a specific school which provides general scholarships to multiple students attending that school, or in general, where the STO decides to whom they will apply the funds.
Notice: A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of a donor’s recommendation. A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent.
When you file your taxes, you will receive a tax credit for every dollar you sent to the STO. Thus it is a no cost opportunity for tax payers to help fund students in Christian Schools.
We provide training on the Tuition Tax Credit Program twice a year. Call the office to find out when our next is scheduled.
How to participate in the program through giving:
As a taxpayer in the State of Arizona, we encourage you to use this option to the fullest extent available. Take advantage of this great opportunity to donate what you would otherwise owe in State income taxes. A person may claim a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their donation. If you are not sure who to recommend, we encourage you to recommend Faith Christian School. This will provide a scholarship fund that will benefit many students who would not otherwise be able to attend a Christian school. Please contact the school for a brochure or contact one of the STOs below for steps to becoming a participant.
How to receive funds through the program:
If you desire to seek help from this program to pay for a portion of the tuition costs, you must first complete an application at one or more of the STOs. The information they require may vary. They will award scholarships based upon a number of factors including funds available and level of need. If you want others to recommend your child and most likely be the recipient of these funds, ask friends or family members to make a payment to the STO of your choosing and recommend your child as the beneficiary. Forms for you to use are available from Faith or from the STO.
Tuition Tax Credit Organizations:
AZ Christian School Tuition Organization (ACSTO)*
AZ Education First AZ Education and Scholarship Opportunity Program (AESOP)
Academic Opportunity of Arizona (AOA)
AZ Education Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (AZ4EDUCATION)
AZ International Academy (AIA)
Scholarship Fund AZ Leadership Foundation (ALF)*
AZ Private Education Scholarship Fund (APESF)
AZ School Choice Trust (ASCT)
AZ Tax Credit (ATC)*
AZ Tuition Connection
Institute for Better Education (IBE)
School Choice Arizona (SCA)
Tuition Organization for Private Schools (TOPS)