ACF School Tuition Organization

In 2013, ACF became a certified School Tuition Organization (STO), which allowed us to provide scholarships to low-income, disabled and foster care students to attend tuition-bearing K-12 private schools.

Between April 2013 and June 2017, ACF awarded 3,909 scholarships totaling $6.6 million to students across Arizona.

The Arizona Community Foundation is no longer a certified School Tuition Organization.

We are no longer accepting donations to assist with student tuition costs through the STO scholarship program. Any individual donations made before April 18, 2018 will assist student tuition costs and will qualify for an Arizona state tax credit.

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.

Renewal Applications

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.

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.

Find more information about STO renewal applications:

Information about STO renewal applications

STO scholarships awarded in the last fiscal year

During the state of Arizona's 2016-2017 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2017, STO scholarships from the Arizona Community Foundation totaling $2,499,225 were awarded to students with family incomes as indicated.

ACF Original Individual STO Scholarships awarded during Arizona's 2016-2017 fiscal year

Original scholarships paid to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):

Amount of original scholarships paid — $106,326

Amount as a percentage of total original scholarships paid — 75%

Original scholarships paid to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% of poverty level and less than 342.25% of poverty level):

Amount of original scholarships paid — $25,939

Amount as percentage of total original scholarships paid — 18%

ACF Switcher STO Scholarships awarded during Arizona's 2016-2017 fiscal year

Switcher scholarships paid to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):

Amount of switcher scholarships paid — $92,128

Amount as a percentage of total switcher scholarships paid — 90%

Switcher scholarships paid to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% of poverty level and less than 342.25% of poverty level):

Amount of switcher scholarships paid — $7,000

Amount as percentage of total switcher scholarships paid — 7%

ACF Low-income STO Scholarships awarded during Arizona's 2016-2017 fiscal year

Low-income scholarships paid to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):

Amount of low-income scholarships paid — $1,364,325

Amount as a percentage of total low-income scholarships paid — 73%

Low-income scholarships paid to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% of poverty level and less than 342.25% of poverty level):

Amount of low-income scholarships paid — $508,895

Amount as percentage of total low-income scholarships paid — 27%

ACF Disabled/Displaced STO Scholarships awarded during Arizona's 2016-2017 fiscal year

Low-income scholarships paid to students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (family income up to 185% of poverty level):

Amount of low-income scholarships paid — $34,501

Amount as a percentage of total low-income scholarships paid — 36%

Low-income scholarships paid to students whose family income exceeds the threshold for free or reduced-price lunches but does not exceed 185% of the eligibility requirements (family income greater than 185% of poverty level and less than 342.25% of poverty level):

Amount of low-income scholarships paid — $151,602

Amount as percentage of total low-income scholarships paid — 40%

Tax Credit Giving Options for Donors

If you made a donation to the Arizona Community Foundation School Tuition Organization before April 18, 2018, you may claim an individual tax credit.

For more information on tax credit contributions to certified school tuition organizations, please refer to the guidelines provided by the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR).

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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