Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance through School Tuition Organizations (STOs) is available for families to help reduce the cost of tuition. The school recommends completion of a minimum of three STO applications, ECA Finance Department can provide details. Even if an application for an STO has been submitted, parents/guardians are responsible for the monthly or annual tuition amount until the funds have been released by the STO and applied to the student’s tuition balance.

In 1997 Arizona’s Governor signed the first private school tax credit into law permitting tax payers to make voluntary donations to a School Tuition Organization (STO) that are then turned into scholarship funds for children attending private schools.  ECA and the State of Arizona make it possible for every child to have the opportunity for a private Christian education. There are two ways to garner tuition assistance from the State:

  1. School Tuition Organizations (STO)
  2. Empowerment Scholarship Account Program (ESA)

Below is a list of the School Tuition Organizations and links to their websites.  Scroll down to see ESA information.

School Tuition Organizations

(IBE) Institute for Better Education 520-512-5438
(ATC) Arizona Tuition Connection 480-409-4106
(AAA) AAA Scholarship Foundation 888-707-2465
(TOPS) TOPS for Kids 480-414-8677
(APESF) AZ Private Education Scholarship Fund 480-699-8911
Arizona Tax Credit 480-939-2151
(ACSTO) Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization 480-820-0403
(ESA) Empowerment Scholarship Account Program


Empowerment Scholarship Account Program

The Empowerment Scholarship Account Program (ESA) is an account administered by Arizona Department of Education that is funded by state tax dollars to provide educational options for qualified Arizona students. By opting out of the public-school system, parents can seek a range of alternative educational services, such as private school or home-based education, to tailor an individualized educational plan that is best for their child. Qualifications are based on the most recent legislature and subject to change annually.

Separate from the public school system an ESA delivers educational funding in a unique, alternative way. Parents can apply under the following categories:

  • K-12 Student with Disability
  • Preschool Student with Disability
  • Active Military
  • Legal Guardian is Legally Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Attends a D or F Rated School
  • Resides within Indian Reservation
  • Sibling of Qualifying Applicant
  • Ward of Court

Information for ESA may be found on the ESA website:

Getting organized so you can track where you apply for scholarships is important and can really help you secure funding in a timely manner.  Just click on the “STO Worksheet”  below right to access a printable pdf worksheet that will help you when applying for scholarships.

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