Asking for and receiving donations where your child is recommended is the number one way to maximize your scholarship awards from Arizona Tuition Connection. In order to be successful, parents must educate themselves on the common questions that get asked when discussing tuition tax credits. Spending 15 minutes reading our frequently asked questions pages on this website will provide you the basic knowledge you will need to be successful in talking to your friends, co-workers, other parents and social contacts about redirecting their tax dollars to your family.
We have a trained staff available to assist you with all aspects of increasing your understanding of the tuition tax credit process. We always welcome your calls and emails. We even have tax preparers available to assist with specific tax questions.
Dear Friends and Family,
I am very excited to be sending my (son/daughter) back to ________school. This is important to me because __________school is able to provide the environment, high standards and personal attention that we were looking for in (his/her) education.
Although tuition is not cheap, Arizona residents are blessed with the opportunity to provide assistance to students in private schools while receiving a dollar-for-dollar tax credit in return. What this means, is if for example you donate $2,000, you can deduct that amount off your Arizona state taxes, either paying less or getting a larger refund when you file your return. Your donations are awarded in the form of scholarships to help with tuition expenses for families like ours.
The maximum amounts you can donate this year as a single person is $xxxx and $xxx for married couples filing jointly.
I am working with Arizona Tuition Connection, a non-profit organization devoted to processing tax credit donations and making scholarship awards. www.arizonatutionconnection.com Would you consider making such a donation and recommending (son/daughter) as the recipient of that donation? I would be happy to talk this through with you and get a representative from Arizona Tuition Connection on the phone to answer any questions.
I appreciate your support in helping keep (son/daughter) at __________. Your donations make a difference.
Myth #1. “My Family does not qualify for a Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship.”
Truth: With very few exceptions, all families with a child attending a private school in Arizona qualifies for tuition tax credit scholarships. Often families are turned down by one School Tuition Organization (STO) and are given the impression that they do not qualify with for tuition tax credit scholarship. That is almost never the case.
Myth #2. Donors cannot recommend a child receive a scholarship from the funds that are donated.
Truth: Many scholarship award criteria are at the discretion of the STO. The state allows STO’s to use the recommendation of the donor as one of the criteria, but it cannot be the only criteria used in awarding scholarships. How much each STO considers the recommendation can vary greatly.
Myth #3. All STO’s operate the same.
Truth: The state of Arizona has some very specific rules they require of all STO’s. In addition to the state rules, many STO’s layer on their own rules on who can qualify for scholarship awards. For example, some STO’s work only with specific schools, denominations or have income caps.
Additionally, the customer service and support you receive from STO’s can vary greatly.
The trick is to find a STO that meets your family’s needs.
Myth #4. Applying with your school’s or denomination’s STO will always be the right option for your family.
Truth: Even if your school is asking you to donate to a specific STO, that might not be the best organization for your family to apply to. Your family might be outside the criteria that they use for awarding scholarships. To receive awards, you must apply to an STO that grants scholarships that match your families qualifications.
Myth #5. The way to get the most awards is to apply to as many STO’s as possible.
Truth: Applying to multiple STO’s can take significant time and effort. It is our opinion it is much better to work with one or two STO’s that meet your family’s needs and develop a relationship with those STO’s.
Why is there so much confusion on STO’s? Each year the state “tweaks” the Tuition Tax Credit program. In addition, each STO has their own rules and guidelines they operate under and those rules are constantly changing. This causes confusion as what you learned last year, may not be true this year.