Qualified school means a preschool that offers services to students with disabilities, nongovernmental primary or secondary school that is located in Arizona and financial aid is distributed by ALF without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender/gender-identity, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. 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. This means that a private school program which operates in the same facilities as the charter school operates and a private school program that is administered by the same staff as employed by a charter school is not eligible for private school tuition organization scholarships.
The Arizona Leadership Foundation tours schools and meets with the staff before reaching a conclusion on the qualification of a school. The Arizona Leadership Foundation also requires schools are operational for one school year before they are eligible for scholarship funding from our organization.
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 or regular mail as to your student’s scholarship award and to confirm that the award works with the student’s tuition balance. Financial aid is distributed by ALF without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender/gender-identity, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.
For public kindergarten, Arizona requires that children must be 5 years old as of September 1, though a school district governing board may allow admitting children into kindergarten who will reach the age of 5 by January 1. A kindergarten scholarship applicant must be eligible for kindergarten under public school guidelines.
If the parent has already paid part of the tuition for the academic year, the school may refund that partial tuition paid to the parent. If the parent has not paid part of the tuition or if there is still excess scholarship money for the academic year after a refund to the parent, the school must return that excess money to one or all of the STOs paying scholarships. The amount of scholarships paid from all STOs for one student cannot exceed the amount of tuition for that academic year.
The scholarship or grant can cover tuition only. It is not to be used for any other expenses or fees (such as application or registration fees, sports fees, tutoring).
Applications for school year 2021-22 will be available from April 15-July 15, 2021. Please check back at that time if you have families who want to apply.
A student that receives ESA (Empowerment Scholarship Account) money from the Arizona Department of Education cannot receive any funds from an STO for the same time period. A student may utilize an STO scholarship up to the start of ESA funding; or if the ESA contract has been canceled STO scholarships can be utilized after contract cancellation, presuming there is a tuition need. Once ESA funding begins, any outstanding STO scholarship money must be refunded by the private school to the STO.