Welcome to 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.  The ESA program is not affiliated with any services, providers, vendors or websites, please ensure you are referring to our website and documents for program direction.

News and Updates

Communication from the Director 11-19-2018

  • A friendly reminder: it can take 5-7 days of processing for the funds to be available on the bank card after the disbursement date.

Approaching Deadlines

icon icon Please see the ESA calendar page for applications and quarterly funding deadlines: ESA Calendar

  • Funding:
    • Prospective Recipients: Contracts are due back no later than January 29th for Quarter 3 funding.
      • Contracts can only be issued once ESA can verify the student is no longer enrolled in public school.
    • Current Recipients: Quarter 3 funding will be processed January 15th and 30th
      • (please note: it can take 5-7 days of processing for the funds to be available on the bank card.)
  • Expense Reports: The Quarter 3 Expense Report is due March 20th.
  • Applications:
    • 2018-2019 Applications are currently being accepted until March 1, 2019 to receive quarter 4 funding (April to June 2019).
    • 2019-2020 Application will be available February 1, 2019; please check back! (This application is for funding that starts July 2019.)

About ESA and Applying for ESA:

Current ESA Recipients:

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