Tip of the Week

Published: May 21st, 2018


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.

Posted in Tip of the Week |
Published: May 14th, 2018

Tip of the Week

The ESA Team is here to support you and we encourage you to contact our office with any program questions.

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Published: May 7th, 2018

Renewal Contracts

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.

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Published: May 1st, 2018

Do Not Prepay for Services

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.

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Published: April 23rd, 2018

Funding Dates are the 15th AND 30th

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.

Posted in Tip of the Week |
Published: April 9th, 2018

Renewal Contract Reminder


Renewal contracts will be sent out on June 1, 2018 and will be due back to the department by June 15, 2018 in order to be guaranteed quarter 1 funding.


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). 

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