Our goal is to make Christian Education affordable for your family.
We’re grateful to have played a part in helping thousands of families afford tuition, and hope that we can play a part in helping yours, too!
In order for ACSTO to consider a student for an award, we must have a current application on file for that student. We only need one application per school year, not per award. All applications expire on May 31 of the school year shown on the application, no matter when they are submitted. You can view when the next Award Cycle and Application Deadlines will be on our Award Year Timeline.
ACSTO can only award scholarships to students who are either currently enrolled, or in the enrollment process at one of our Partner Schools. We encourage parents to begin talking to friends and family about donating to ACSTO and recommending their student for a scholarship during the year prior to starting private school. Typically, a student can be recommended for a scholarship up to 12 months before they begin school, and can be first considered for a scholarship the Spring Award Cycle before they would begin.
A complete application and/or a recommendation does not guarantee a scholarship. According to Arizona law and ADOR regulations, every STO must consider financial circumstances when making award decisions. ACSTO’s Selection Committees consider Financial Circumstances, the Narrative in each student’s application, as well as Donor Recommendations when making their award decisions. Our Selection Committees have complete discretion regarding all scholarships awarded.
’20-‘21 Applications will be available February 3
Need help writing your ACSTO narrative? Our short guide will give you some ideas!
You can apply online through our Parent Portal where you can view your student’s scholarship award history, update your family information, and reduce the time it takes to apply next year!
Expect the online application process to take about 15 minutes. You will need to write a narrative about your child and have income information available for all members of your household.
If your student qualifies for the Overflow program as a public school switcher or as a Corporate/Overflow Scholarship recipient, you will need to submit a verification form (see forms below) or an award letter. Military families will need to upload their military orders. Kindergartners do not need to submit any additional paperwork. If you’ve already verified your qualification with us, you won't need to verify again.
Would you rather complete a paper copy? You can complete the Scholarship Application and mail it to ACSTO, along with any additional paperwork. While we do everything we can to notify parents and schools when paperwork is needed, it is the responsibility of the parent to make sure ACSTO received a completed application and/or any required Overflow paperwork.
If your student qualifies for the Overflow program as a public school switcher or as a Corporate/Overflow Scholarship recipient, you will need to submit a verification form (see forms below) or an award letter. Military families will need to include a copy of their military orders. Kindergartners do not need to include any additional paperwork. If you’ve already verified your qualification with us, you won’t need to verify again.
Mail Scholarship Applications to:
PO Box 6580
Chandler, AZ 85246
Download Scholarship Application '19-'20
If your child qualifies for an Overflow Scholarship, fill out the appropriate Verification Form for the criteria which your child qualifies under, and submit it to ACSTO. If you have an award letter from another STO available, you may use that instead of a Previous Scholarship Award Verification Form.
- Kindergartners do not need to submit any additional paperwork— they just need to be enrolled and turn five years old by December 31 of their Kindergarten year.
- Public school switchers only qualify if they can verify that they had attended an Arizona public/charter school for 90 days during the previous school year.
- Previous Corporate Scholarship recipients qualify if they can verify receiving a Corporate Award from a previous school year. If they receive an award this year, it will qualify them for Overflow next year.
- Military families only need to submit a copy of their military orders showing them stationed in Arizona.
- Forms cannot be signed by the parent or private school—they must be given to the scholarship organization that made the award or to the public/charter school the child attended.
- Students who already qualify with ACSTO do not need to resubmit any paperwork, so long as the student still attends their private school.
Still have questions about applying? No problem! Contact us today—we'd love to help make Christian Education affordable for your family!
NOTICE: A school tuition organization cannot award, restrict, or reserve scholarships solely on the basis of a donor’s recommendation. A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer’s own dependent. A.R.S. 43-1603 (C). Any designation of your own dependent as a potential recipient is prohibited.