It is important for parents to understand how the award process works.
The best way to maximize your scholarship awards is to ask your social contacts to redirect their tax dollars to Arizona Tuition Connection and recommend your child receive those funds.
Awards from Recommended Funds:
Many of the donations we receive come with a student recommendation. Although the law prevents us from using that recommendation as the only criteria for awarding scholarships, Arizona Tuition Connection uses it as one of the primary criteria.
When donations are received from individuals, Arizona Tuition Connection must categorize those donations as available to be used for two different types of scholarships. For donations coming in from married couples during the 2017 tax year, the first $1,092 of each donation must be used for Original Scholarship Awards. Any amount over $1,092 must be used for Switcher Scholarships. For singles who donate, the first $546 must be used for Original Scholarship awards, with any amount over going towards Switcher scholarships.
For example: If we receive a donation for $2,000 in the 2017 tax year, $1092 will be awarded for Original and $908 will be awarded for Switcher.
The next thing to understand is what type of scholarship awards is your child eligible for – Original or both Original and Switcher.
If your family has received a donation of $2,000 in the 2017 tax year, ($1,092 original, $908 switcher) and your child is only eligible to receive Original scholarships, they will only be considered for scholarships out of the $1,092 Original funds, not the Switcher funds. If your child is a switcher child, then he/she would be eligible for scholarships out of the full $2,000.
Funds that cannot be used by your family will be used to support other families at your school.
Awards from funds that come in with no recommendation.
When donations come in with no recommendation, criteria such as relationship we have with the school, income of the family, and recommendations from the school are the primary consideration we use. Other considerations also come into play.
Awards from funds where your school was recommended
Sometimes funds are donated and a specific school is recommended. Arizona Tuition Connection will award those funds out to the applicants from that school with the primary considerations being family income and participation in the programs we offer.
In addition, it is important to understand that Arizona Tuition Connection has overhead costs. Our largest expenses are credit card fees and labor. Other primary expenses include printing, IT costs and mileage. By law at least 90% of the donations must be used for scholarship awards. Up to 10% of donations may be used to cover overhead expenses.