The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program from the Arizona Department of Education gives eligible parents public funding to pursue flexible options for customizing their children's education. Intended to expand educational opportunity outside of the public school system, it provides public funding for a wide range of personalized education expenses, including private school tuition, tutoring services, textbooks and more.
- ESA is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 School Year. The deadline for Quarter 1 Funding of the 2021-2022 School Year has passed. The application for Quarter 2 Funding is now open.
- Applications for the 2021-2022 ESA Parent Advisory Council are now closed. Thank you to all who applied! You will hear more from us in the coming weeks.
The Benefits of the ESA
- Empowers you to customize your child’s education
- Provides public funding for personalized learning
- Covers a wide range of education expenses
- Simple, straightforward application process
- Students with special needs may start as early as Pre-K
Who Qualifies for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts
- Preschool students with special needs
- K-12 students with special needs
- Children of active-duty military parent
- Children of a military parent killed in the line of duty
- Children of parent who is legally blind, deaf or hard of hearing
- Students attending a D or F rated school
- Students residing within a Native American Reservation
- Siblings of current or previous ESA recipient
- Student who was a ward of the court
- Previous ESA recipients
Learn more about eligibility requirements.
How to Use your ESA Funds
ClassWallet is the banking system for using ESA funds. Access it by going to your ESA account on the ESA portal. Learn more about ClassWallet.