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Institute for Better Education

The Institute for Better Education (IBE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and nonpartisan organization. We are committed

to removing any financial obstacles that stand in a family’s way of providing K-12 education for their children and

their unique needs. IBE accomplishes this through the Arizona private school tax credit program. We believe parents

are the best resource a child has when determining which school will be the perfect fit for their child. Parents have

been able to turn to the Institute for Better Education since 1998 if the right school to fit their child’s needs is not

within their financial reach. IBE is honored to play a part in making a real difference in the lives of Arizona children.

IBE offers 4 different types of scholarships:

  1. Original Individual

  2. PLUS/Switcher

  3. Corporate Low Income

  4. Corporate Disabled/Displaced

Original Individual

Any child enrolled, grades K-12 or a preschool student with a public school MET or IEP, attending a private school is eligible for the Original Individual program.  Individual taxpayer contributions provide scholarships through the Original Individual program.

Families may apply for financial aid through the Original Individual Program or they may choose to solicit friends and family members to make donations on their behalf through our Recommended Funds program. Families may apply for both financial aid and solicit Recommended Funds.

PLUS/Switcher

Any child enrolled, grades K-12 or a preschool student with a public school MET or IEP, attending a private school and who also meets one of the criteria listed below is eligible for the PLUS/Switcher program.

  • Entering kindergarten

  • Transferring from an Arizona public or charter school with at least one full semester of attendance in the prior school year

  • Dependent of active duty military station in Arizona on orders

  • Previously received a PLUS/Switcher, Corporate Low income or Corporate Disabled/Displaced scholarship in a prior academic year

Eligible families may apply for financial aid through the PLUS/Switcher Program or they may choose to solicit friends and family members to make donations on their behalf through our Recommended Funds program. Families may apply for both financial aid and solicit Recommended Funds.

Corporate Low Income

Any child enrolled, grades K-12 or a preschool student with an Arizona public school MET or IEP, attending a private school, who meets the state-mandated income cap and who also meets one of the criteria listed below is eligible for the Corporate Low Income program.

  • Entering kindergarten

  • Transferring from an Arizona public or charter school with at least one full semester of attendance in the prior school year

  • Dependent of active duty military station in Arizona on orders

  • Previously received an Original Individual, Corporate Low income or PLUS/Switcher scholarship in a prior academic year

 
 
Corporate Disabled/Displaced
Any child enrolled, grades K-12 that has an Arizona public school IEP, MET or 504 plan; or a preschool student with an Arizona public school MET or IEP is eligible for the Disabled/Displaced program. The IEP, MET or 504 does not have to be current.

Awarding Process and Timelines

Applications are released in January for the following school year.

All families wishing to apply for an award, either financial aid or Recommended Funds, must submit an application to IBE. Deadline to apply for financial aid is typically in late April (all deadlines are posted on the application). There is no deadline in which applications for Recommended Funds must be submitted; however, Recommended Funds will not be released to the school without a current application on file.

Financial aid scholarships will be disbursed to schools in July. Recommended Fund scholarships are paid to the school monthly.