The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program was originally created by Arizona State Legislature to expand educational opportunities for special needs students. The program has subsequently been expanded each year. Since the program was created by the legislative process, state law governs and houses its rules and regulations. See the links below to read the ESA state statutes that govern the program.
icon icon A.R.S. 15-2401 – This section of the ESA statute defines key terms referenced in the rest of the law as well as what constitutes a ‘qualified school’ and ‘qualified student.’
icon icon A.R.S. 15-2402 – This section states how a qualified parent may apply and also states appropriate uses of the scholarship funds.
icon icon A.R.S. 15-2403 – Dictates administrative rules and oversight of the scholarship by the Arizona Department of Education & The Arizona State Treasurer’s Office.
icon icon A.R.S. 15-2404– Sets forth the limits of control over non-public institutions by the department and other governmental agencies.
NEW: SB1431– Updated expansion bill, effective August 9, 2017