Feb 26, 2024 | Ocotillo

What are Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

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.

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2022-2023 School Year Funding

ESA accepts applications year-round and the yearly scholarship amount is divided into four, quarterly disbursements.

Q1: July 1 - September 30

Q2: October 1 - December 31

Q3: January 1 - March 31

Q4: April 1 - June 30

The funding received is based on the quarter that the contract is signed. For example, if you sign a contract at any point from July 1 - September 30, you'll receive Q1 funding. If you sign the contract from October 1 - December 31, you'll receive Q2 funding, etc.

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 here.

How to Use ESA Funds

Students who receive funding will be able to have qualifying academic services funded through ClassWallet, the banking system for ESA.

Mathnasium is an Approved Vendor of ESA funds through ClassWallet and has worked with dozens of ESA students. Students can use their funds to receive customized curriculum, one-on-one math tutoring and homework help from Mathnasium's expert instructors. These services are available face-to-face in our neighborhood math learning centers, or online through Mathnasium@home.

Contact Mathnasium today to schedule a New Student Assessment and our Center Director will help you with funding your student's program through ClassWallet.