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School Choice Update #9

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.