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Heart Cry Christian Academy offers many discounts and scholarship options.  If you’d like more information about how to finance your child's education at Heart Cry Christian Academy, call us at 480-646-8517 and see what discounts or scholarships your child may be eligible for.

 

Heart Cry Church Scholarship

The Heart Cry Church Scholarship is designed to provide tuition assistance for families who need financial aid in order to send their child(ren) to Heart Cry Christian Academy.  We believe that every child should have access to a quality Christ-centered education.

The Heart Cry Scholarship Fund will provide $500.00 to the first 90 students who enroll in the 2022-23 school year. 

 

School Tuition Organizations (STOs)

HCCA has partnered with Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization (ACSTO) and School Choice Arizona to help make Christian education affordable to all of our families.  Each STO has its own deadline date for applications and dates for when they award scholarships.  If you desire to seek help from this program to pay for a portion (or all) of the tuition costs, you must first complete an application at one or more of the STOs.  

Recipients

The funds available through the individual Private School Tax Credit Program are available to all students enrolled in private schools.  There are no household income limits or other qualifications that must be met.  You may receive awards totaling 100% of your tuition costs for the current school year.  A student can receive multiple scholarships from one or more STO.  If your student receives more scholarship funds than are needed for the current school year tuition costs, the STO will hold the excess scholarship and will disburse the scholarship to the school when the following school year begins.

Donors

Donors participate by making a donation to a qualified STO and then claiming the appropriate tax credit when they file their Arizona state taxes.  The tax credit is used to offset the donor's Arizona state tax liability and may be carried forward for up to five years.  Many families work with family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers to receive donations by recommending their children.  Those who leverage this program the most successfully are those who spend time explaining the benefits of the program to others and asking them to participate.

Recommendation Guidelines

You may recommend anyone who is not your child or dependent, but the selection committee retains complete discretion regarding all awards.

Parents cannot plan to donate to each other's children; this is called swapping.  The law states, "A taxpayer may not claim a tax credit if the taxpayer agrees to swap donations with another taxpayer to benefit either taxpayer's own dependent." 

 


 

Individual Tax Credit Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply for a tuition scholarship?
    Complete and submit the scholarship application on the STO website.  Financial information and a narrative are required.
     
  2. What factors are considered in making scholarship awards?
    The narrative provided by the parents, the financial circumstances of the family, and recommendations for the student are all considered.
     
  3. If my child has been recommended for a scholarship, do I still need to send in an application along with the financial information and narrative?
    Yes, there must be a fully completed application for a student to be eligible for an award.  This must be completed annually with all STOs you wish to participate in.
     
  4. Are scholarship awards made to individual students or families?
    Awards are given to individual students only and cannot be applied to families.  An award cannot be transferred to a different child, even within the same family.
     
  5. May a student receive awards from more than one STO?
    Yes, you are able to receive awards from more than one STO.
     
  6. How do I talk to people to encourage them to make a donation?
    Sample letters and talking points  will help you get started in talking with potential donors.

 

WAYS TO SOLICIT DONATIONS TO INDIVIDUAL TAX CREDIT PROGRAM

Invite family, friends, and neighbors to participate in the unique school choice opportunity we have available in Arizona.  If they already pay state income tax (taxes withheld from their paycheck), they can automatically re-direct up to $2435 of their tax withholding if filing married or $1219 if filing single.  They can make a donation directly to ACSTO and recommend your child(ren).

Click here for a sample letter.

Click here for some talking points to help you start a conversation.

 

 

 

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