K-12 Private School Scholarships

Scholarships through the ACF School Tuition Organization help low-income, disabled and displaced (foster care) students across Arizona attend tuition-bearing K-12 private schools.

Scholarships funded with donations to our School Tuition Organization are awarded to assist with tuition costs at K-12 schools in Arizona. Additional financial support may be available to serve the non-tuition needs of the scholars, including school uniforms, books, transportation, mentoring, tutoring and other academic supports.

Pre K-12 Scholarship Application

The application deadline for STO scholarships has passed for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications will begin being accepted again in the spring.

Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Students who are ENROLLED in a qualified school for grades K-12, or pre-K for a qualified school providing pre-K for disabled students, are eligible to apply for ACF School Tuition Organization scholarships. 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.

Can a family apply for scholarships for more than one student?

Families can apply for scholarships for an unlimited number of students. Each family will sign-up for one account. There is no guarantee that all applicants from a family will be selected and awarded.

How often does a family complete the application?

Families will need to fill out an application once every year to apply.

What is the duration of each scholarship award?

Awards will be for a minimum of one school-year and a maximum of four years. Multi-year awards will be contingent upon continued enrollment and maintained good standing with the school.

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. Before completing our online application, complete and submit the Eligibility Form to the STO team at the Arizona Community Foundation by email.
  • 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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