Reimagining Education

Education Savings Accounts

Education Savings Accounts (ESA), called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts in Missouri, are helping families across the country, giving families and students hope and access to education paths that work for them.

With an ESA, families are no longer limited to the offerings of their assigned neighborhood schools. Instead, they have the freedom to customize the best learning environment for their child based on their needs.

Join the fight to bring ESAs to Missouri

Families in Missouri do not currently have access to this innovative way to help families access the schools and resources that are the best fit for their children, but several legislators are working to change this in 2021.

The proposed Missouri Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Fund would allow families to apply for a scholarship of up around $6,000 per year to help the family seek a variety of other educational opportunities including homeschooling, private schools, or virtual education.

Families could also use the funding to employ a private tutor, purchase textbooks, pay fees for Advanced Placement exams, or contract for specialized therapies.

2021 bills to watch

More information about Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

How Empowerment Scholarship Accounts work

1. The family receives a restricted-use debit card loaded with allotted funds for their child’s education.

2. The family uses the card for approved educational expenses and submits the receipts to the approved administrative agent. Debit cards can be used only with vendors approved by the state.

3. Families may roll over funds, and any unused funds at the end of the year can be used the following year.

What parents are saying in other states:

In Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee ESAs give families funding for:

  • Private school tuition
  • Specific homeschool expenses
  • Textbooks
  • Instructional materials/curriculum
  • Standardized test fees
  • Tutoring
  • Therapy for students with disabilities
  • Transportation
  • Online programs/courses
  • Á-la-carte public school courses
  • Savings for future college costs