Private School Scholarships

If you would like to send your child to a private school, scholarship assistance may be available to you through one of the many school tuition organizations (STOs) in Arizona.  STOs use individual and corporate contributions to provide scholarships to families in Arizona to use for private school tuition for grades K-12. Many of these scholarships are based on financial need, and each scholarship organization has a separate application process. Scholarships are also available for preschool children attending a preschool for handicapped children from contributions made for individual tax credits. Individuals and corporations in Arizona can take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to STOs.

The Arizona Department of Revenue (DOR) is required to certify STOs on the basis of statutory requirements and maintain a public registry of currently certified STOs. 

Special scholarships are available from some STOs for disabled or displaced (foster) students.  A qualified disabled/displaced student is a student who has been either:

  1. Placed in foster care in Arizona pursuant to A.R.S. Chapter 8, Title 5, at any time before the student graduates from high school or obtains a general equivalency diploma.
  2. Identified as having a disability under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or identified by a school district as a child with a disability as defined in A.R.S. §15-763 or a child with a disability who is eligible to receive services from a school district under

A.R.S §15-763.

There is a specific application for eligibility for these scholarships that can be found on Scholarships for Disabled/Displaced Students page of the Department of Revenue's website.

However, not all STOs participate in this program.  Please visit the Arizona School Tuition Organization Association website for links to STOs that serve disabled and displaced students.

Individuals and corporations who are interested in donating can take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions to certified STO organizations.  Visit the links on the right to find an STO and review their focus to find one that best matches the donor's interest.

A detailed explanation of school tuition organization requirements for each of three possible credit/donation programs can be found in A Manual for School Tuition Organizations.