K-12 Private School Scholarships

The Arizona Community Foundation is not accepting new applications as a certified school tuition organization, and therefore cannot award future tuition assistance to students attending Pre K-12 private schools for the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond.

To find scholarship opportunities for tuition-bearing private schools, please refer to the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) lists of certified School Tuition Organizations that qualify for individual and corporate income tax credits.

If you received an STO scholarship from the Arizona Community Foundation for the 2017-2018 academic year, you will be prompted to complete a renewal application for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for a 2018-2019 renewal application?

You are eligible to complete the renewal application if your family meets the following requirements:

  • Your family received tuition assistance from the ACF STO scholarship program for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Your student(s) are ENROLLED in a qualified school for grades K-12, or pre-K for a qualified school providing pre-K for disabled students.
  • You are able to provide your 2017 tax return or a federal free/reduced-price lunch form as proof that you do not exceed the household income maximum allowed by the state of Arizona

Original, Switcher and Low Income Corporate scholarships are awarded based on need. Disabled/Displaced scholarships are awarded based on eligibility.

At which private schools can the scholarship be used?

The ACF School Tuition Organization can send scholarship funds to any qualified tuition-bearing school in Arizona. Public charter schools do not qualify.

If you are a school administrator and you wish to add your institution to our list of qualified schools, complete and submit the form below.

Does family income have to be below a certain level?

There is no income cap for families applying for Disabled/Displaced scholarships; however, income information will be considered during the selection process.

Original, Switcher and Low Income Corporate scholarships are awarded based on need. Annual household maximums are listed below, and are based on household size.

Household Size  Household Income Maximum
 2 $40,500
 3 $50,400
 4 $60,700
 5 $71,100
 6 $81,400
 7 $91,800
 8 $102,200
 9 $112,600

Are there donor recommendations?

No. The ACF School Tuition Organization does not accept donor recommendations for scholarships.

What is the deadline for the 2018-2019 renewal application?

Families must complete the renewal application by Friday, May 18, 2018 to be considered for tuition assistance during the 2018-2019 academic year.

What is the duration of each renewal scholarship award?

Awards will be for one academic year.

What supporting documents do I need?

Depending on the type of student to whom the scholarship applies, several supporting documents may be needed.

  • Students switching from a public school need the Public School Enrollment Verification Form.
  • Displaced students must submit a complete Eligibility Form [PDF, 215KB] and receive prior approval to apply for a Corporate Disabled/Displaced STO Scholarship.
  • Disabled students must submit an IEP/MET/504 Plan written by a public school in Arizona when they complete their online application.
  • Students who are dependents of service members will need to submit their military orders showing Arizona station.
  • Supporting financial documents can include: pg. 1 and 2 of your tax filling, a federal free/reduced-price lunch form, or a financial information form from another STO application. If you do not have any of these documents available contact us by email or call 602.381.1400 to discuss your specific situation.

Arizona law requires the following:

A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of donor recommendation. A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent.

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