Scholarships

Scholarships for New and Returning Students

​​Up to 100% of your student’s tuition may be covered.

We’ll offer more scholarship opportunities for the 2024-2025 school year. Check back for updated information. Questions About Scholarships? Email our Financial Director, Kassia Finkler, at finance@kinoschool.org.

​​​The Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program

The Arizona Department of Education funds the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) Program. It provides students with 90% of the funding the state would be spending on them in the public school system. ESA scholarships are NOT “vouchers.” Instead, the ESA funds flow through the parents, who choose how to spend it. Parents can use ESA funds for private school tuition, home education, educational therapies, tutoring, and more. (azed.gov/esa)

Things to know:

  • ESA is available to all K-12 students, and there are no income requirements.
  • For the 2022-2023 school year, a typical student in grades 1-12 using an ESA received approximately $6,000 – $9,000.
  • For the 2022-2023 school year, kindergarten students received $4,000 – $5,000. The state is currently funding a half-day program, so this may change.
  • Children with special needs receive a higher ESA amount based on the PRIMARY eligibility category on their IEP. (Example: in the 2022-2023 school year, a student with Autism received approximately $30,000 – 43,000 annually).
  • Funding is distributed quarterly.

Tips for applying:

  • Have a copy of the student’s birth certificate, proof of address, and if your student has one, their current IEP / MET / 504.

  • Once you have applied, ESA will send you a letter about the amount your student will receive per quarter. You then can decide whether to accept or decline the scholarship.

  • Once you have accepted an ESA, you only need to renew it yearly

  • You may not combine the ESA with tax credit scholarships like the School Tuition Organization (STO)

Parents can apply year-round. To learn more and apply, please visit: azed.gov/esa

To view current funding and frequently asked questions, please visit: azed.gov/esa/esa-guidance

Call the ESA Support Line at (602) 364-1969.

​Arizona State Tax Credit School Tuition Organizations (STOs)

Certified School Tuition Organizations (STOs) are private non-profit organizations established to receive income dollar-for-dollar state tax credit contributions that fund scholarships for students to attend qualified Arizona private schools (like Kino School).

Things to know:

  • Individuals and corporations can get dollar-for-dollar state tax credits for donating to STOs. The School Tuition Organizations then award students these funds.
  • Donations to the Arizona State Tax Credit Program are a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for AZ state taxes. For tax year 2022, the maximum credit allowed is $1,243 for individuals filing single taxes and $2,483 for married joint filers.
  • Families, friends, and co-workers who contribute to one of the above STOs can recommend their funds go to your child or Kino School. (If many family members and friends are willing to donate each year, this might make an STO a better choice than an ESA.)
  • You cannot recommend your contributions to your child. But you can request your donations go to Kino School for other students.

Tips for applying:

  • Multiple applications: Students can be eligible for four different funding programs. Applications can be submitted to each STO. You will typically need access to your most recent tax returns and IEP/504 plans (if applicable).

  • Most applications are open year-round.

  • You must reapply each year, possibly to multiple STOs.

  • Unknown scholarship amount: Scholarships depend on donations to your child or Kino and can range from $1,000 to the entirety of tuition.

  • You may not combine tax credit scholarships like the School Tuition Organization (STO) with the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA).

  • Once you have applied for an STO, you are committed to accepting that scholarship amount, even before you know the amount. Therefore, you cannot apply for an ESA that year, even if your STO totals less than an ESA.

Participating School Tuition Organizations (STOs):

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