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As a parent, you want the best for your child. What better way to set them up for a life of success, than by giving them a quality education from some of the best private schools.  Living in Arizona affords several opportunities for families to make this a reality for their children. Our State promotes educational choice and is a national leader in the school choice movement. School Choice is a fundamental cornerstone of what makes our community and country great because it gives power to PARENTS to choose the best education for their children.

Who can Apply for a Scholarship?

To be able to apply and receive a scholarship from Az4Education, students must be enrolled in a qualified private school for (K-12) kindergarten through 12th grade. This eligibility chart helps explains the various requirements for different types of funding available.

 When are Scholarships Awarded?

  • We award monthly
  • In the first 2 weeks of every month, our committee reviews all applications received before the 1st
  • In the last 2 weeks of every month, our committee approves disbursements and send to the schools before the end of month

 

What is a Scholarship based on?

Az4Education awards tuition scholarships based on state defined eligibility requirements for 4 different scholarships, which include financial considerations and/or student merit.  Everyone is required to fill out a short Application every school year.

 

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How does the Process Work? 

  1. A family completes our Scholarship Application and a Public School Enrollment Verification Form (for switcher credit).
  2. Az4Education scholarship committee reviews the application and considers the amount to award.   Scholarship award approval and amounts are dependent on many factors including household income, hardship circumstances, and more.
  3. Once a scholarship is awarded, the family receives an award notice from Az4Education with the amount that will be sent to the school.

 

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  1. If this is the 1st time applying with us and you do not have a member login, you will need to register.  Please use this link for help.   If you already have a member login, skip to step 4.
  2. A verification email is sent in a few minutes.  If you do not receive one, please check your junk/spam folders.
  3. Open the verification email and click on the link to finalize registration.   Please keep your username, password locked in a safe place for future use.   Any questions, please email us at helpdesk@az4education.org.
  4. Please login and select the Apply Here green button to submit an application.  Please use this link for help
  5. While filling out your application, be sure to save it periodically.
  6. Once you have completed the online application, hit the Submit button to send.   You will receive an email confirming it was sent.   Any problems, please email helpdesk@az4education.org.

 

How do I Re-Apply for a new school year Scholarship?

If you would like to reapply for the next school year (and you already have an application on file with us), then follow  these steps:

  1. Log into your member dashboard
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the dashboard and under the scholarship/application history, find your most recent application.  Note: Pressing the “S” button shows the summary and details of current award and pressing the scholarship id reference link, will bring up your application in view mode only.
  3. If your application status is Approved or Closed, you will see a “COPY” link to the right.  Press the copy link and it will create a copy of this application.
  4. Change the information as needed in Section 2, 3, and 4… Be sure to update your income, your students awards from past year, grade, school, tuition, and family household.
  5. While filling out your application, be sure to save it periodically.
  6. Once you have completed the online application, hit the Submit button to send it.   You will receive an email confirming it was sent.   Any problems, please email helpdesk@az4education.org.

 

 How do I Edit/Update an existing Application?

If your application status is “Not Done” or “Incomplete”, you can edit and update your existing application.   If you have already submitted the application, you may be able to have it changed by requesting the help desk to change it.   Then follow  these steps:

  1. Log into your member dashboard
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the dashboard and under the scholarship/application history, find the application you want to edit.
  3. If your application status is “NotDone” or “Incomplete”, you will see an “EDIT” link to the right.  Press the edit link and it will open your application to allow you to edit.
  4. Change the information as needed in Section 2, 3, and 4… ie. update your income, your students grade, school, tuition, family household and especially any awards.
  5. While updating your application, be sure to save it periodically.
  6. Once you have completed the online application, hit the Submit button to send it.   You will receive an email confirming it was sent.   Any problems, please email helpdesk@az4education.org.

 

What are the Distribution Amounts?

  • Scholarship amounts cannot exceed the total tuition balance.   Note: The student enrollment status and tuition balance is verified with the school.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Scholarships:

I forgot my username and password

To get your username and/or password, please use the "reset password" button located in the member login.   It will ask for your email used to setup your dashboard in the first place.  If you have not previously registered, use the register link to setup a new dashboard login.

I applied for a scholarship and got a confirmation email. Was this for original, switcher, corporate, or DD?

Our single application allows us to consider funding from multiple sources, as listed, provided we have funds in those buckets and the applicant meets eligibility requirements.    

When do you disburse funds?

Monthly, quarterly, and biannually, depending on the source and award type. For donations received as a general use from individuals, we disburse biannually to students approved by the committee.    If individual donators recommended a school or student, we disburse monthly to approved students. For donations received as a corporate donations, we disburse funds quarterly to low income and dd students approved by the committee. For multi-year awards, we issue quarterly. Monthly disbursements are June, and September through end of April.   Quarterly disbursement are June, September, December, March.   Biannual is June and December.    

Can I print the application and fax it to your office?

We no longer accept hard copy faxed applications.    If you need assistance, please contact our help desk at helpdesk@az4education.org.    

How can I confirm if my scholarship application was submitted correctly?

After submitting or saving an application, we send you an email within minutes.   Alternatively, you can login to your dashboard and scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the application and status.   Any explanation of the status and process flow is directly above.     Otherwise, you can send an email to your help desk at helpdesk@az4education.org.

What happens if I transfer my child to another school and I have an approved scholarship?

If you are transferring to another qualified private school, please let us know.   The school will return any unused funds to AZ4Education which will in turn follow your student to the new school.   We do require that a new application be submitted.

What is a public verification form?

Public school verification form is required if you are switching from public to private school.   This is required to be considered eligible for switcher tax credit scholarship funds if approved.   The family is responsible for filling this out, taking it to the PUBLIC school where the student was enrolled, getting confirmation signatures, then attaching it to the online application.   You do not need to do anything with the private school.

What are the eligibility requirements for a “switcher/overflow/plus” scholarship?

To qualify for a scholarship under the switcher individual income tax credit, the child must meet one of the following requirements:
  1. Attended a public school as a full-time student for at least 90 days of the prior fiscal year and then transferred from the public school to a private school; or
  2. Is enrolling in a private school kindergarten; or
  3. Is enrolling in a private preschool program for students with disabilities; or
  4. Is a dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders; or
  5. Received for any year a scholarship under one of the above criteria OR from the low income corporate donation program or the disabled/displaced corporate donation program if the child continued to attend a private school in subsequent years.

Are there any income limits when you are awarding scholarships?

There are no income limit to apply for a scholarship.   However, income is considered for all types of scholarships we offer.

Is your online document upload secure?

Yes!   We use SSL and a verified secure login for starters.   We cannot view or see your password which can only be reset and verified by you.    In addition, if you attached a document, like your tax return, it is deleted after use.  

What are the various tax credits, scholarship guidelines and potential prerequisites?

Pictures are much better at explaning this. This table comes straight from the Arizona STO manual. It gives you the best view of each type of STO tax credit for both individual and corporations. A simple explanation of the scholarship guidelines and prerequisites for each type of tax credit.

If my child was recommended by a donator to receive a scholarship, do I still need to apply for a scholarship?

Yes. You must fill out an application to be considered for funds that have been recommended for your child. If not, the funds will be awarded to another student.

Do you require tax return information to apply for a grant/scholarship?

It is NOT required, however if you want to include it you may. We suggest that you include any documents that can support your request for assistance. This information is not disclosed to anyone except our committee and held in complete confidence.

Can I fill out one form to be used for all my children?

Yes. Our form allows you to submit for more than one child.

Can a student receive scholarships under this program from multiple School Tuition Organization’s (STO’s)?

Yes.

Can I apply for a scholarship if my child was NOT recommended to receive a scholarship by an AZ4Education donor?

Most certainly! Az4Education uses contributions from people who did not recommend a student's name. Note that you must apply for a scholarship each year to be eligible for the upcoming school year.  Refer to our schedule for details.

How does the process work to apply for a tuition scholarship for my child?

To be eligible for an Az4Education scholarship in the fall, you must complete an application form. You can submit an application form starting February 15. This will be reviewed to determine the potential amount of assistance you may be eligible to receive. Awards are subject to available funds, your child's enrollment status and the outstanding tuition balance. If an award is made, you will receive a notice by email when the funds are sent to the school.

What is a qualified school?

Qualified school means a nongovernmental primary or secondary school, or a preschool for handicapped students, that is located in Arizona and that does not discriminate based on race, color, handicap, familial status or national origin. Qualified school does not include a charter school or any program operated by a charter school.

What qualified school costs can the scholarship or grant cover?

The scholarship or grant can cover tuition only. It is not to be used for any other expenses or fees.

Last school year, I completed an application. Do I need to re-apply again for this school year?

Yes. You need to complete an application each year to be eligible.