FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

IMPORTANT NOTICE!

Applications downloaded from our website, arizonaleader.org, can be filled out on a computer. If you have to submit a handwritten application, please make sure all handwriting is LEGIBLE and ALL required documents are attached before sending. If you are not sure, have a trusted friend or family member or someone at the school review the application before sending. Correctly completed applications have first priority, as the staff at Arizona Leadership Foundation may not be able to process the missing information in a timely manner.

What students are eligible for Low-Income Corporate scholarships?

The student is eligible if they meet the Income Requirement

Household Size Annual Family Gross Income Allowable
1 $41,275
2 $55,581
3 $69,887
4 $84,194
5 $98,500
6 $112,806
7 $127,112
8 $141,418

and one of the following:

  • Student attended an Arizona public school as a full-time student for at least 90 days of the prior fiscal year or one full semester and then transferred from the public school to a private school; Those students who transfer to a qualified private school after the first full semester are eligible to receive a scholarship that same academic year. OR
  • Is enrolling in a private school kindergarten; OR
  • Is enrolling in a private preschool program for students with disabilities. Student must have an IEP or MET issued by an Arizona public school; OR
  • Is a dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in Arizona pursuant to military orders; OR
  • Received a low-income corporate scholarship (under above criteria) or an original individual scholarship or a switcher individual scholarship in a prior year and the child continued to attend a private school in subsequent years.

What are the financial limits on scholarships that Arizona Leadership Foundation can award a student per year?

The financial limits that Arizona Leadership Foundation can award to a student for the 2017/18 school year are $5,300 for grades K-8 (and preK disabled) and $6,600 for grades 9-12. The scholarship award amount for the 2017/18 school year cannot exceed the cost of the school tuition for that year.

Are currently enrolled home-schooled students eligible for STO scholarships?

No, they are not eligible to receive an award unless they are entering kindergarten at a qualified private school.

What is the best way to send in my scholarship application?

Please email or fax your applications per the directions on the application. Please fill out the application completely and return all requested documents with your application! It is important that you enter an email address that you check regularly as email is our preferred method of contacting you with any questions we might have or to inform you of your scholarship status. Please answer all questions on the form.

How do you determine Scholarship awards?

The Arizona Leadership Foundation reviews all applications for accuracy and makes an award decision based on the applicants financial needs and the funds available for distribution. Any personal information that is submitted is kept confidential within the committee. All scholarship decisions are the sole discretion of Arizona Leadership Foundation and all award decisions are final. We will notify you by email or regular mail as to your scholarship award.

What are the application deadlines?

2017/18 Scholarship applications will be available April 18th and are due by June 15th.

What schools are eligible?

A qualified school means a preschool that offers services to students with disabilities, nongovernmental primary or secondary school that is located in Arizona and that does not discriminate based on race, color, disability, familial status or national origin. All teaching staff and personnel that have unsupervised contact with students are required to be fingerprinted. Qualified school does not include a charter school or any program operated by a charter school.

How do schools sign up with Arizona Leadership Foundation?

Please see “Schools & Partners” page.

 

Disabled/Displaced (Lexie’s Law) Frequently Asked Questions

 What students are eligible for Disabled/Displaced Scholarships?

  • Student has an IEP or MET from an Arizona public school (for preschool and grades K-12); OR
  • Student has an 504 plan from an Arizona public school (for grades K-12 only); OR
  • Student was placed at one time in the Arizona foster care system (for grades K-12 only and to be verified by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS))

What are the financial limits that a child may receive per year?

Per Arizona Statute 43-1505 (B), a School Tuition Organization may provide scholarships to qualified students in an amount not to exceed the cost of tuition for the student to attend a qualified school or 90% of state aid that that would otherwise be computed for the student as provided in A.R.S. Title 15, Chapter 9, Article 5, whichever is less. A School Tuition Organization may award any amount of scholarship up to the eligible amount allowed by statute. Scholarships are dependent on funds available and are awarded at the discretion of Arizona Leadership Foundation.

What is the best way to send in my scholarship application?

Please email or fax your applications per the directions on the application. Please fill out the application completely and return all requested documents with your application! It is important that you enter an email address that you check regularly as email is our preferred method of contacting you with any questions we might have or to inform you of your scholarship status. Please answer all questions on the form and remember you must include all necessary documentation.

How do you determine Scholarship awards?

The Arizona Leadership Foundation reviews all applications for accuracy and makes an award decision based on the applicant’s financial/tuition needs and the funds available for distribution. Any personal information that is submitted is kept confidential within the committee. All scholarship decisions are the sole discretion of Arizona Leadership Foundation and all award decisions are final. We will notify you by email as to your scholarship award.

Are preschool children eligible for D/D Scholarships?

  • The student must be enrolled or entering preschool at a private school program for students with disabilities to be eligible for a preschool level scholarship.
    • Displaced preschool children do not qualify. The student must have an IEP or MET.
    • 504 plans do not qualify preschool students.
  •  Generally the child’s private school needs to be fulfilling the needs of the IEP.

What are the application deadlines?

2017/18 Scholarship applications will be available April 15th and are due by June 15th.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Corporations

Why does Arizona allow this?

The program allows families struggling in a tough economy the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice, no public monies are used, and the economy gets a boost from the additional economic activity. Arizona has also seen the benefits of the program and believes it serves as a catalyst for a well-diversified workforce. As a result, they have increased the cap from $5 million in 2007 to $74.3 million for fiscal year 17/18.

Where does the money go?

First students must qualify within 185% of the federally mandated free and/or reduced lunch program set annually in Washington D.C. Students then apply to the student tuition organization for the scholarship to attend the private school of their choice. Our program awards scholarships based on three points: qualifying for financial need, prior academic achievement and extracurricular activities that build lifelong leadership skills.

Private vs. Public vs. Charter

This program isn’t about which education system is superior. It is about empowering parents to have choices regardless of income and finding the place where every student learns best. Each child will thrive in a different educational environment (public, charter or private) but parents must have the ability to choose which one will be most effective for their son or daughter. This program guarantees parents will have that choice. We would like to emphasize that your corporation is not taking a single cent away from public or charter education by contributing the credit.

Can I direct my credit to a particular student?

Arizona law states that a corporation may direct which schools receive their scholarship tax credits but may not specify which students receive the scholarships.