Eligibility Requirements & Application

The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) has nine eligibility types. If your student qualifies for more than one, you are welcome to contact ESA for assistance.

icon icon This page is updated regularly to provide the most current requirements reflecting legislative and administrative changes and updates. Check back prior to applying to make sure your documents and information meet these requirements for ease of applying. Carefully review the information below and contact ESA with any questions. If your application is incomplete, it will be denied.


Approaching Deadlines

  • After the application is approved:
    • A pupil withdrawal document is first sent out: the applicant will only have 60 days to return this document to the department. If they fail to send it in within 60 days, the application will be closed automatically and they must reapply.
      • This document has not been sent out for 19/20 applications.
    • Both renewal and new contracts will have a 30-day lifespan, meaning that if the contract is not returned within 30 days of being sent the application will close and they are eligible to reapply.

ESA Application processing time is 45 days.

Carefully review the information on this page and contact ESA with any questions. If your application is incomplete, it will be denied.


ESA Application processing time is 45 days.

Carefully review the information on this page and contact ESA with any questions. If your application is incomplete, it will be denied.