What is an ESA?

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) were expanded in 2022 with House Bill 2853! This scholarship gives families 90% of the state budget’s funds per student directly to families. Any student in grades K-12 can receive an ESA and parents can apply for an ESA year round. ESAs can be used to pay for private school tuition, home education, tutors, curriculum, therapies, and more.

What is award amount for an ESA?


Base reward and up to


depending on learning or development disability.


ESA applications can be completed online at any time! The scholarship, however, is awarded in four, quarterly disbursements:

Q1: July 1 – September 30
Q2: October 1 – December 31
Q3: January 1 – March 31
Q4: April 1 – June 30

Families will receive ESA funds based on the quarter the contract is signed. For instance, if a parent signs a contract at any point during Q1 (July 1 – September 30), they’ll receive Q1 funding.

Applications can take up to 30 days to process (from when a completed application is submitted) and the final determination is sent via email. During this process, the AZ Department of Education is unable to provide any updates about an application’s status. The best course of action while waiting is to regularly check your email while waiting for your application to be processed.

Visit azed.gov to find the Approximate ESA Funding Amounts but a child with no disabilities usually receives around $7,000 per year. This can go, for example, up to $28,000 per year for a child with an autism diagnosis.

Toggle It takes about 3 weeks to set up and fund a new ESA account. The AZ Department of Education and the state Treasurer’s office processes new ESA accounts.

While a portion of funds must be spent each year, any remaining funds remain in the account and roll over every quarter, and onto the next year. Funds return to the state if an account is closed and a child returns to public school.

ESA funds received do not contribute to a parent’s taxable income (A.R.S §15-2402 L.).

Detailed invoices are required and Square, PayPal or Point of Sale receipts alone are not sufficient. The ESA Parent Handbook, “Chapter 4: Expense Submissions,” gives guidance on how parents should submit invoices.

Yes, however, expenses occurring before the date the contract was signed cannot be reimbursed.

I’m Interested, What’s Next?

  • Apply for an ESA here!
  • If you pre-applied for an ESA, the Arizona Department of Education still has 30 days to process your application. If you have questions about your application, see azed.gov/esa for the latest information. 
  • If you have more specific questions about an ESA, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at hello@loveyourschool.org. We can’t wait to help you!
  • Register for our weekly ESA webinar, every Wednesday at noon!  
  • Join our ESA Facebook group so you can connect with other new ESA families and be sure to “like” our Facebook page!

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