What are Empowerment Scholarship Accounts?

In 2021, the Missouri Legislature created the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)  Program in Missouri. 

ESAs are scholarships that can provide up to $6,375 each year for qualifying students. 

Families can use those funds to create a customized educational experience that meets their children's unique needs.

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What can Empowerment Scholarship Accounts be used for?

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) scholarships can be used to pay for private school tuition, homeschooling costs, tutoring, educational therapies and much more!

Who qualifies for an Empowerment Scholarship Account?

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts are available for any student:

 living in a county with a charter form of government or a city with a population of 30,000 or more, who either has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or whose household income qualifies them for up to 200% of the free and reduced lunch program AND has attended a public school for at least a semester during the previous year or is entering Kindergarten or First Grade.

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How are ESA scholarships funded?

The ESA program is funded through tax-credit donations from individuals and businesses to education assistance organizations (EAOs). In return for the donation, donors receive a 100% Missouri tax credit. Donations are not required to receive a scholarship and tax-credits are tied to donations not scholarships.