In 2015, the State of Nevada passed two bills that can provide tuition money for private school students (School Choice). The first, SB 302, is available to all students who have attended Clark County Schools for at least 100 days or are 5 or 6 years old or from a family with an active military service person. The second, AB165, is based on financial need. The following is their current status.
SB302, Educational Savings Accounts (ESA’s) have been declared constitutional by the Nevada Supreme Court and would provide $5,000 for each student to use towards their private school tuition. Currently they are on hold waiting for a funding source which may come during the 2017 Legislative Session. We encourage all 5 and 6 year olds to apply as they are exempt from the 100 days in public school provision or any student that is transferring from a CCSD school. Please only apply once at http://www.nevadatreasurer.gov/SchoolChoice/Home/
AB165 The second program is the scholarship program based on the household size and income. Scholarships of up to $7,750 are available. If your household earns 300% or less of the poverty level as determined by the federal government, your family will be eligible. (if 2 people in the household must have a household income less than $48,060, 3 people must have less than $60,480, 4 people less than $72,900, 5 people less than $85,320 and 6 people less than $97,740, etc.) Income information comes from 2016’s federal tax return. If your family qualifies, you will want to go to the web page: http://www.doe.nv.gov/Private_Schools/Nevada_Choice_Scholarship_Program/
Under “Scholarship Organizations” in the right hand column click on the link for Registered SGOs 2017-2018. Contact these groups for applications and other details. Each entity has its own application process and deadlines which vary from organization to organization. Scholarship funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis of completed applications. Scholarships are funded by the Modified Business Tax thru the Nevada Department of Taxation.