The International School of Arizona supports all interested families in affording our unique international, multilingual education. Our Scholarship Program is supported by the Arizona Private School Tax Credit and the French Bourse (for French citizens). Our goal is to ensure private school tuition is not a deterrent for a student to attend our school.
The International School of Arizona Scholarship Program provides ways to afford our private school education by reducing or eliminating tuition. All students are eligible for at least one form of scholarship and many students qualify for several.
- Private School Tax Credit Scholarships for All Students (regardless of household income)
- Private School Tax Credit Income-Based Scholarships
- French Bourse Need-Scholarships
The International School of Arizona recommends applying for your child as early as Pre-K 4 to ensure they are eligible when they enter Kindergarten.
Arizona Private School Tax Credit Scholarships
Most families at ISA participate in this advantageous program to reduce or eliminate their private school tuition. Scholarships are awarded to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Funds are donated to School Tuition Organizations (STO) which manage the scholarships and award them to students based on their eligibility.
Types of Scholarships
Individual-Original – Requirements:
- Student must be enrolled in a private K-12 school. There is no upward limit on the original funds an individual student can receive except the amount utilized by any one student in any one year cannot exceed the amount of tuition due for that year. Funds exceeding the amount of tuition are moved to the following year for that student.
Individual-Overflow/PLUS or Switcher – Requirements:
- Student enrolling in private kindergarten, or
- Student previously attended an AZ public school and now attends first year of AZ private school, or
- Student’s family is active Arizona military regardless of previous assignment, or
- Student was previously eligible for and accepted switcher funds, or
- Student was previously eligible for a corporate scholarship.
- If Switcher is granted, student must receive funds in the first year to continue to be eligible for switcher.
Corporate (low-income) – Requirements:
- A family must have an income less than two times the declared low-income amounts as published for the National School Lunch program. For the 2019 year, that amount is $89,670 for a family of four, and increases by roughly $15,000 per person for larger households.
- A maximum amount of $5600 can be awarded to a student for this pool of funds per STO, which increases by $100 per year.
- Must be moving from an AZ public school to an AZ private school, or
- Must previously have received a tax credit scholarship, or
- Family must be Active Military or
- Student is enrolled in Kindergarten.
French Bourse for French Citizens
The International School of Arizona is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and therefore qualifies for the French Bourse program to aid with educational expenses for eligible French students. Families whose children are French citizens, and who are registered with the French Consulate, may be eligible for this need-based financial aid program. A child is eligible at three years of age or older before December 31st of the year for which they are applying.
Application information can be found on www.aefe.fr
Which STOs to apply to?
ISA works with a handful of STOs who are already generating funds for many of our students. We recommend each family to reach out to these organizations to help decide where you should apply.
Arizona Tuition Connection
Institute for Better Education (IBE)
Tops For Kids
Arizona Leadership Foundation
Arizona Private Education Scholarship Fund, Inc. (APESF)
Arizona Private School Tuition Organization (APSTO)
Arizona Tax Credit (AZTXCR)
Classwallet – Empowerment Scholarship of Arizona (ESA)
Arizona Department of Education
Students receiving ESA funds are disqualifies from receiving STO funds simultaneously.
For information on the Arizona Private School Tax Credit and how Student Tuition Organizations work, please watch the video, and refer to the Arizona Department of Revenue.
For additional information on scholarships and financial assistance, contact our Admissions Manager:
International School of Arizona