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
  • Curriculum
  • 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

Who Qualifies? 

  •      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

Next Steps:

  1. Find out if your child qualifies for an ESA here.
  2. Fill out the appropriate ESA application.

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