ESA Funds: Approved Spending Categories

Below are the approved spending categories for all students accepted into Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

Tuition, Fees, and Textbooks at a Qualified School

A qualified school is defined as a private school located in Arizona serving students in grades PK–12. The school must not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin.

Tutoring Services

A qualified individual must deliver all services. Credentials cannot be expired.


A course of study for content areas or grade levels, including any supplemental education materials required or recommended by the curriculum, approved by the Department.

Tuition or Fees for a Nonpublic Online Learning Program

Online learning programs or courses.

Fees for Nationally Standardized Norm-Referenced Achievement Tests and Grade Level Testing

Advanced Placement exams and/or other exams related to college or university admissions—such as ACT or SAT— prep exams and grade-level standardized achievement testing.

Tuition, Fees, and Textbooks at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution

Community college, a university under the AZ Board of Regents, or an accredited in-state private postsecondary institution.

Account Fees

Lost or stolen card fees and expediting service fees only.

Services Provided by a Public School

Approved individual classes and extracurricular programs at a public school.


Uniforms must be purchased from or through a qualified school or vendor that the school recommends or requires.

Mother and childrens

The ESA Application Process

Applying for Arizona’s ESA can be done in a few simple steps. Find out how it works and apply today!


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