Empowerment Scholarship Accounts
- An Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) is an account similar to a checking account with 90% of the state funding that would have been received by the school the child previously attended.
What can the funds be used for?
- Tuition and fees at a private school
- An online learning program
- Educational therapies or services
- Tutoring services
- Testing fees
- Contributions to a Coverdell Education Savings Account
- Tuition and fees at an eligible postsecondary institution
- Bank fees charged for the management of an ESA
- If a child attended a public school, received an ESA, or received a scholarship under “Lexie’s Law” during the previous school year, the child may qualify for an ESA if he or she falls under at least one of the following categories:
- The child is deemed eligible to receive special education services
- The child attends a failing school that has been assigned a letter grade of D or F
- The child has been placed into foster care and has been adopted
- The child’s parent or guardian is an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Find out if your child qualifies for an ESA here.
- Fill out the appropriate ESA application.
- For more information, The Arizona Department of Education’s website answers a series of frequently asked questions.