Welcome to the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program
IMPORTANT ESA UPDATES
We appreciate your patience, as our team is working as quickly as possible to process all transactions in the order received. Due to current volume, it may take 30 days or more.
Universal Quarter 1 Eligibility:
To receive Quarter 1 funding, you must do all three of the following:
- Apply by 10/15. Click here to apply.
- 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 criteria specified above, 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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you DO NOT want to receive Q1 funding AND you've signed a contract, you will need to close and reapply.
Funding & Next Steps: 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, this process can take at least 3 weeks, however, due to the volume, it may take longer. Account holders will receive an email from ClassWallet when funds are available.
Other ESA Eligibility Categories: There is no retroactivity clause for any applicants other than Universal ESA applicants.
(Date updated: 12/1/22)
Apply Now for the 2022-2023 School Year
The best way to get your ESA questions answered is to submit a HelpDesk ticket. There is a one-time registration process. Once registered, you can quickly and easily submit your requests. View our step-by-step guide here. You can either ask a question or file a complaint. If you have issues with HelpDesk registration or receive an error message, please email [email protected] and include a screenshot of the error so that our team can resolve.
Are you new to the program? 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.
Read the updated FAQ related to H.B. 2853 here
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