June 19, 2017

I hope your summer is off to a great start!

Good morning ESA friends,

I hope your summer is off to a great start.  It’s going to be a scorcher this week in Las Vegas —117° or hotter!  Hope you all in the rest of the state are staying cooler.

But, here’s some cool news for families qualifying for the Choice Scholarship Program, Nevada’s tax scholarship program or AB 165 as some of you may know it.  AAA opened applications over the weekend. If you qualify for the scholarship program be sure to submit your applications NOW!

You can learn more about the scholarship program on the Nevada Department of Education website. You will also find links to the Federal Poverty Guidelines and list of registered school participants.

Triple A uses the following award scale for its scholarships.  Remember, each scholarship grant organization (SGO) has its own funding scale and application rules.

AAA Scholarship Values

The value of the awarded scholarship is limited by the state. In an effort to ensure that the neediest families receive the most help, AAA goes one step further and awards scholarships based on the following sliding scale:

  • 100 percent scholarship for families with incomes of 185 percent of poverty (new applicants) and 200 percent (renewing applicants)
  • 75 percent scholarship for families with incomes of between 201 and 225 percent of poverty
  • 50 percent scholarship for families with incomes of between 226 and 250 percent of poverty
  • 25 percent scholarship for ONLY Nevada renewing families with incomes of between 251 and 300 percent of poverty

Applications for Dinosaurs and Roses and Education Fund of Northern Nevada are currently closed.  However, given the new $20 million one-time fundraising opportunity, parents should watch the sites over the summer in case they re-open.

I was contacted by ASK Scholarships out of Arizona.  If they can raise the funds, they tell me, ASK anticipates having their applications reopen earlier than their website states. No date was given, so be sure to watch the ASK website. Remember, ASK is a new SGO and while the organization does have a waiting list from an earlier application period, ASK has no renewing families.

Remember, families can receive scholarship awards from multiple SGOs as long as they do not go over the program cap.  Therefore, for the best award opportunities, families should apply to all SGOs. The Nevada Department of Education has yet to publish the award cap for the 2017-18 school year.  Last school year it was $7,763.

If you are in southern Nevada, be sure to join at the ESA appreciation BBQ this Saturday, June 24 at Sunset Park.  Everyone is invited!  We will begin at 10 am.  Don’t worry, folks in northern Nevada, we will be up your way this fall.

Stay cool out there and have a wonderful summer!