Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Account

Our Tier 1 tuition plan costs $7,000, the average value of Empowerment Scholarship funds, making a world-class, accredited Holston Academy education accessible for your middle or high schooler!

The importance of providing a high quality education to all children is a priority in Arizona. With that in mind, the state developed an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, which provides Arizona parents the freedom to choose the best education path for their child and use their education tax dollars to directly pay for the school that meets their child’s needs. These funds can be used for a Holston Academy enrollment. For more information, fill out our form and someone will be in touch!

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What is an Empowerment Scholarship Account?

An Empowerment Scholarship Account is an account administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and funded by state tax dollars to provide education options to qualified students in the state.

With the ESA program, rather than the tax money that would pay for a public school education going to their neighborhood school, those tax dollars instead follow the student to whichever school the parents choose for their child, including home education.

With those tax dollars, the parents of qualified students may purchase educational services for their child from qualified schools, education providers, and/or vendors. View the full list of allowable expenses for ESA students in Arizona (PDF).

During the 2023-24 school year, nearly 71,000 students participated in Arizona’s ESA program. The estimated average account value for each participating student (excluding those with special needs) was $7,000.

Spending Requirements

ESA Account Holders must use at least a portion of the funds to provide an education in at least the following subjects: reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science. While a portion of funding must be spent each year, any remaining funds in the account will roll over to the next year with successful renewal.

How Holston Academy Can Help Arizona Families

Holston Academy is an approved education provider for Arizona ESAs, meaning families with middle- and high school students can put their ESA dollars toward an amazing education with us.

With a focus on personalized education, Holston Academy empowers students in grades 6-12 to excel academically and develop the skills they need to thrive in a future path they define. Our Tier 1 tuition plan, which includes four core courses, a foreign language course, phys ed/health, one elective at a college prep or honors level, a transcript, diploma, and more, costs $7,000–meaning your middle or high schooler can receive a world-class, accredited Holston Academy education for next to nothing! Visit our tuition page to learn more about our Tier 1 and Tier 2 tuition plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Empowerment Scholarship Account work?

Eligible students receive 90% of the state aid that would have been otherwise funneled to the student’s school district or charter school if the student was enrolled in the public school system. 

ESA dollars cover multiple education expenses such as private school tuition, curricula, educational supplies, tutoring and more. Additionally, an ESA Account Holder must use at least a portion of the funds to provide an education in at least the following subjects: reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies, and science. 

ESA contracts are offered and signed annually, but funds are dispersed quarterly, with funding beginning in the quarter that the ESA contract is signed.

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

Can Holston Academy students apply?

Of course. Holston Academy students from Arizona qualify for the state’s ESA as we are considered a “non-public online learning program.” You can apply for Arizona’s ESA funds here.

How do I apply and access funds?

  1. Apply online through the Arizona Department of Education. Once submitted, the application may take 30 days to process.
  2. Sign the ESA contract.
  3. Access your ESA funds via ClassWallet.
  4. Pay vendors/schools.

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