Navigate Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) with ACE Scholarships

Founded in 2000, ACE has provided more than 66,000 scholarships worth over $170 million, empowering students with private scholarships in 12 states and working alongside governments to allocate ESA funds in a growing number of states – to offer access to a quality education and a brighter future.

Confidently navigate ESAs with ACE Scholarships

Founded in 2000, ACE has provided more than 66,000 scholarships worth over $170 million, empowering students in 12 states – and counting – with access to a quality education and a brighter future.

For Families

We understand the impact a quality education can have on a family for generations. Our easy application process and bi-lingual FAQs will ensure your family can confidently navigate the ESA process.

For Schools

Interested in learning whether your private school is eligible to be a qualified provider of ESAs? Let’s work together to provide school choice for the kids and families who need it most.

For Vendors & Service Providers

We work closely with experienced and approved vendors and service providers to help make the ESA process as efficient and impactful for families as possible.

For State & Government Entities

With a team of 37 dedicated employees and over 23 years of experience, ACE Scholarships is well-equipped to implement and administer ESAs and scholarships in your state.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re new to the world of Education Savings Accounts, you might be wondering a few things. Here are a few of our frequently asked questions:

ESA programs come in different shapes and sizes, but generally they are Education Savings Accounts given out by the government so families can pay tuition for private schools, homeschooling supplies, curriculum materials, and/or educational therapy services. As of March 2023, 11 states have ESA programs: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

There are different qualifications for an ESA program depending on the state that you are residing in. For example, in Utah, 5,000 ESAs of up to $8,000 will be given out to eligible students starting in the 2024-2025 school year. 

An eligible student:

  • Is eligible to participate in public school.
  • Is in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12 (K-12)
  • Is a resident of the state of Utah.
  • Did not receive a scholarship under The Carson Smith Scholarship Program or The Special Needs Opportunity Scholarship Program
  • Completes the portfolio application requirement.

There are different qualifications for an ESA program depending on the state that you are residing in. For example, in Utah, 5,000 ESAs of up to $8,000 will be given out to eligible students starting in the 2024-2025 school year.

Qualified expenses depend on which state you are in. For example, in the state of Utah, allowable scholarship expenses include: 

  • Tuition and fees of a qualifying provider.
  • Fees and instructional materials at a technical college. 
  • Tutoring services.
  • Fees for after-school or summer education programs. 
  • Textbooks, curricula, or other instructional materials, including any supplemental materials or associated online instruction that a curriculum or a Qualifying Provider recommends. 
  • Educational software and applications.
  • Supplies or other equipment related to a scholarship student’s educational needs.
  • Computer hardware or other technological devices that are intended primarily for a scholarship student’s educational needs. 
  • Fees for the following examinations, or for a preparation course for the following examinations, that the program manager approves: 
    • A national norm-referenced or standardized assessment described in Utah Code 53F-6-410, an advanced placement examination, or another similar assessment. 
    • A state-recognized industry certification examination.
    • An examination related to college or university admission.
  • Educational services for students with disabilities from a licensed or accredited practitioner or provider, including occupational, behavioral, physical, audiology, or speech-language therapies. 
  • Contracted services that the program manager approves and that an LEA provides, including individual classes, after-school tutoring services, transportation, or fees or costs associated with participation in extracurricular activities. 
  • Ride fees or fares for a fee-for-service transportation provider to transport the scholarship student to and from a Qualifying Provider, not to exceed $750 in a given school year. 
  • Expenses related to extracurricular activities, field trips, educational supplements, and other educational experiences. 
  • Any other expense for a good or service that a parent or scholarship student incurs in the education of the scholarship student.
  • Anything the program manager approves as a Scholarship Expense in accordance with HB0215.

It depends on which state you are in. For example, in the state of Utah, your child would not qualify for an ESA program because they only accept applicants from students between kindergarten and 12th grade.

Depends on the state that you are in. 

For example, in the state of Utah, right now there are up to 5,000 allotted ESAs of up to $8,000 each for the 2024-2025 school year. If enrollment exceeds available program funding, accounts shall be awarded by the program manager in the following order: students who used an account in the previous school year; students with a family income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (~$60,000 for a family of four in 2023–24), students with a sibling who uses an ESA at the time of application or in the immediately preceding school year, to students with a family income between 200% and 555% of the federal poverty level (~$166,500 for a family of four in 2023–24).