Welcome to the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program
IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING H.B. 2853
NOTE: BECAUSE WE ARE EXPERIENCING A HIGH VOLUME OF PARENTS TRYING TO APPLY BY TODAY'S DEADLINE FOR Q1 FUNDING, THE DEADLINE WILL BE EXTENDED TO 10/15.
The Secretary of State's Office has informed the Department that the referendum will not succeed and the law is now in effect. ESA staff will now begin approving applications submitted under the “Universal” eligibility category. Within the next several days, applicants will be sent an ESA contract. Once a signed ESA contract is received by the Department, ESA staff will work with both the Treasurer’s Office and ClassWallet to open and fund the account.
We appreciate your patience, as our team is working as quickly as possible to approve applications. Due to heavy call volume, please review our updated H.B. 2853 FAQ or consider submitting a HelpDesk ticket. IMPORTANT: If your application has already been submitted and is ON-HOLD, no action is needed at this time.
To receive Quarter 1 funding, you must do all three of the following:
- Apply by 10/15 (the last day of Quarter 1). Click here to apply: https://esa.azed.gov/Account
- If applicable, resolve any application deficiencies within 30 days of the initial incomplete notice by ADE
- Sign your contract within 30 days of receiving the link from ADE
For those applicants who meet the above criteria, Quarter 1 funding will be applied retroactively. Please note that retroactive Quarter 1 funding may take several months to complete because of the large number of applications.
In addition to working on retroactive Quarter 1 funding, ADE will also be working on timely Quarter 2 funding for all ESA students. This applies only to those who are applying under the Universal ESA category, and the parameters are solely for the provision of Quarter 1 funding. Applicants that do not meet the three parameters may still participate in the program and receive funding in subsequent quarters once completed information is received, and a contract is signed.
Other applicants must sign their contract within the current quarter to receive funding for that quarter. Thus, anyone who has applied under another category and is seeking Quarter 1 funding must sign their contract by 9/30. This is required because there is no retroactivity clause for any applicants other than Universal ESA applicants. Link to H.B. 2853 is available here.
(Date updated: 9/30/22)
New to ESA?
Do you have questions about eligibility requirements and what documentation is needed to apply? Visit Eligibility Requirements & Application
In addition to our ESA Parent Handbook, the ESA Parent Guide is a great place to start!
To request a debit card, please contact ClassWallet at [email protected] or 1-877-969-5536.
More events coming soon!
What is an ESA?
- Expands educational opportunities for eligible students outside of the public school system
- Provides public funding that can be used for a wide variety of educational expenses
- Pays for private school tuition, educational therapies, tutoring, and more