I would like to tell others about ESA. Can I get a brochure?

Here is a copy of our ESA brochure:

 Feel free to make copies as needed!


You can contact ESA to request some brochures at [email protected]. (Limit 25)

When can I start the application process for ESA?

ESA will begin accepting applications starting January 1, 2014 through April 1, 2014. 

The deadline for applications and documentation (e.g. IEP, MET, 504 Plan, active duty military proof, proof of foster care, and adoption) must be submitted to our office no later than April 1, 2014 at 3pm.   Application and or documentations will not be accepted after the deadline date and time.

ESA staff will not process any applications or documentation  received after that day or time.

Do I have to open an account for the debit card?

No, ESA debit cards will arrive between July 15-30th . Simply activate the card and, for ease of use, log on to your account online. Please contact Bank of America Customer online customer support for help.

Note: Cards will arrive in a plain white window envelope with no indication that it is from Bank of America — Please don’t  throw it away!  If you accidentally throw it away, you must contact Bank of America immediately at 1-866-692-9374.  They will cancel the first card and resend another one; the new debit card should arrive within 5-7 business days. ESA cannot order cards on your behalf.

I’ve been fighting with my district to get the determination changed on the IEP, can you fund him at that level if I have other documentation saying he should be in a different category?

ESA staff must defer to the district IEP team when disability categories are in question. Other documentation is not considered when funding ESA accounts.

Can ADE recommend any schools, curriculums, tutors, therapists?

No, ADE does not promote any private school or vendor.

What happens if I don’t use all my funds in one quarter?

Any unspent funds will continue to roll over into the next quarters.  However, please keep in mind the following ESA Policy:

A portion of the funds allocated each quarter must be used for the benefit of the ESA student and overall spending must equal 25 percent of the annual award at the close of each contract year.

Where can I find general information on ESAs?

FAQ’s General Information

ESA Informational Slide Show (Please see other FAQ’s to obtain reference documents)