Frequently Asked Questions
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What is ESA?
What are the terms and conditions when participating in ESA?
- Student cannot be enrolled in a public school (including charters and public online schools)
- Student cannot be enrolled in a summer public school program (including charters and public online schools)
- Student cannot receive any School Tuition Organization (STO) scholarship or any tax credit scholarship concurrently within the same year
- Applicant submits quarterly expense reports, with uploaded receipts, by a given deadline
- Applicant adheres to the approved expenditures
- Applicant spends a portion of the quarterly funds every quarter and at least 25% of their annual award per year
What Spending is allowed when Participating in ESA?
- Tuition or fees at a qualified school
- Tuition includes textbooks, uniforms (up to $800), and any other essential requirements dictated by the school.
- Fees include registration fees, application/enrollment fees, required book fees, lab fees, extra-curricular fees for activities during the school day, late fees only if payment is late due to delayed ESA funding
- Core subjects, as defined by statute: Reading, Grammar, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science
- Extra-curricular curriculum is allowed but subject to audit:
- Must be within an academic content area, such as music or photography
- Cannot exceed the amount spent on core subjects
- Documentation states the materials are required or recommended to complete the lesson (situational circumstances excluded for special educational needs
- Amount spent falls within the average price of the materials
- Only the required amount for the student is purchased
- Approved therapies include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, Vision Therapy, art therapy, recreational therapy
- Assisted technology, defined as “assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices which promote greater independence by enabling students to perform tasks they were formally not able to accomplish or had difficulty accomplishing” can be rented if prescribed by therapy
What Spending is Not allowed when Participating in ESA?
- Computers and other technological devices (iPads, USB drives, calculators, etc.)
- Consumable educational supplies, such as paper, pens, markers (Tinderdoodle and other curriculum that include supplies are allowed)
- Cash withdrawals
- Before and after-school care
- Field trips (school trips to zoos, museums, etc.)
- Food (breakfast, lunch, snacks)
- Sport uniforms, tickets, etc.
- Therapy fees related to late, cancelled, or missed appointments
- Massage therapy, nutritionists, eye exams, health exams
- Any therapy where payment involves any form of medical insurance
- Late fees, unless payment is late due to delayed ESA funding
- Summer camps
- Science projects, unless they are bought as larger course study for a specific grade
How much Funding will my Child Receive?
Eligibility and Application Questions
How does the 100-day Requirement Work for Year-Round Applications?
The 100 days cannot be reached by combining days for the current and past school year. The 100 days requirement does not apply to incoming kindergarteners, active military, or students with legal guardians killed in the line of duty (military).
- Example 1: You are applying for (2017-2018) ESA funding for your student, who currently attends public school, and the 100th day of the current school year occurs on 01/21/2017. – Student meets the 100 day requirement for funding during the 2017-2018 school year.
- Example 2:You are applying for the current school year (2016-2017) ESA funding for your student and the student did not attend public school the prior year(2015-2016). The student is currently enrolled in public school and has met/will meet the 100 day requirement for the current school year. This student would not meet the 100 day requirement for (2016-2017) ESA funds, but will meet the requirement for 2017-2018 ESA funding. Student must have attended public school for the first 100 days of the prior school year to qualify.
- Example 3: Student attended public school from 02/01/2016-05/30/2016 and then attended public school again from 08/02/2016-11/15/2016. In this case, the 100 day requirement is not met for the prior year; thus the student is not eligible to receive 2016-2017 ESA funds. Student must have attended public school for the first 100 days of the prior school year to qualify.
I forgot to attach a Document to my Application; What should I Do?
School, Service, & Provider Questions
What does it mean to be an Approved, Accredited, Licensed Provider?
Parents are responsible for ensuring that providers are properly credentialed.
Can I (or a Family Member) provide Tutoring Services to my own Child?
Can I (or a Family Member) provide Tutoring Services to another ESA Child?
ADE reserves the right to collect additional information regarding the nature of services provided, the recipients of the services, and the tutoring company involved to determine whether the terms of the ESA contract or Arizona law are being violated.