Frequently Asked Questions
Can my contribution be designated to a specific student?
This question is a good one and causes much confusion. While receiving a student recommendation is allowed, a student tuition organization (STO) may not direct funding to a particular student based solely on a donor’s recommendation. That student must also be eligible for funding based on requirements set by the Arizona Department of Revenue as well as the funding criteria set by a particular STO. Each STO has it’s own process.
Each STO determines whether or not it will receive student recommendations. While legal to do so, the AESF Board of Directors has chosen NOT to accept student recommendations with contributions thus keeping separate the contributions and the funding activities of the organization. Contributions may only be designated to an AESF participating school or combination of schools. The schools are provided with a regular detailed reporting of contributions received and manage what is available to their school to be used for various types of scholarship funding.
For AESF, all student funding requests are directed to the schools through submitted AESF applications and the required supporting documents to AESF member schools. The school staff forward applications and documentation to AESF along with their requests for funding for a particular student. AESF reviews all applications and supporting documents to verify eligibility for the funding requested. Providing that the student qualifies under all guidelines for that funding and funds are available for that school, funding will be issued based on that request. Since each school demographic is different, each school is best able to determine the most beneficial way to utilize funding available to support the students who need assistance at that school.
What does this cost me?
Nothing. Your contribution is subtracted in full from total Arizona state taxes owed. You are essentially specifying how to use your own tax dollars.
How much can I give?
Please visit the Tax Credits tab for details on contributions which qualify for tax credits for both INDIVIDUALS and CORPORATIONS.
To whom can I designate?
You may specify one or more AESF participating schools to receive your contribution
What method of payment can I use?
You can pay by check or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
Do I send the funds directly to my school of choice?
No – Contributions must be made directly to a Student Tuition Organization (STO). The Arizona Episcopal Schools Foundation is certified to receive contributions which qualify for the available Arizona State Tax Credits. You may designate your contribution to the participating AESF school of choice.
How are the funds used?
More than 90% of your contribution goes directly to your school of choice or is distributed equally among the member schools.
Why should I designate my tax dollars to support a school?
Contributions received through the Arizona State Tax Credit programs provide much needed scholarship assistance to those students who would otherwise be unable to receive a private education.
How do I contact AESF?
You can call the Foundation directly at: (520) 320-1386.
OR mail your contribution to:
Arizona Episcopal Schools Foundation
PO Box 12927
Tucson, AZ 85732