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Please remember that you are not required to provide any school with your ESA award amount, ESA contract or ESA bank card; it is the parent’s contract with the Arizona Department of Education. In addition, the Arizona Department of Education does not enter into a contract with any private facilities.
The ESA Team is here to support you and we encourage you to contact our office with any program questions.
We will be issuing renewal contracts June 1, 2018, please check your preferred method of contact for your documents. As award values can change slightly from year to year, please be aware of any tuition payments at private schools, and be advised that your contract is between you and the Arizona Department of Education. ESA families are not required to share award amounts or contracts with any schools or vendors. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our office.
All ESA transactions should be made at the time of the service for a given expense (ex. private school tuition, therapy, tutoring, etc). If a vendor/facility is requiring a pre-payment, it can only be for the current quarter. If you pre-pay for a service, it is likely that your expense report will be rejected and you may be at risk of having to pay back funds that were not charged within the current quarter. ESA account holders are advised not to pre-pay for services that are outside of the current quarter.
Quarterly funding is requested on the 15th AND the 30th of each quarter’s funding dates (click here to view funding dates). It can take up to seven business days after the funds are requested to be available on your ESA bank card.
An ESA Specialist is unable to verify when the funds will be officially available on you ESA bank card. Please create a Bank of America Online Account to view the funding date or call Bank of America at 1‐866‐213‐8564.
To create a Bank of America online account, please go to: www.bankofamerica.com/onlinebanking/online‐banking.go.
If an ESA renewal contract is not received by the deadline of June 15, the Department will automatically close out the Student from the program. Unspent funds are returned to the Treasurer’s Office, prepaid visa card is closed and the ESA account is closed in good standing assuming all expense reports have been submitted. Should this occur, the applicant will be required to reapply as a new account holder if they wish to return to the ESA Program (Reapplying does not guarantee continued eligibility).
Curriculum Clarification: If you would like to purchase an item that you feel can be considered curriculum, but it does not specifically state curriculum, please send an email to [email protected] or call 602-634-1969 with a detailed description of the item for ESA review. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your purchase, please contact ESA so that we can clarify whether or not it will be approved.