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What is the ESA program?

The ESA program allows eligible students to use state and local money toward education expenses, as well as tuition or fees at approved private schools. The ESA program will begin in the 2020-21 school year.

Check your eligibility and start your application.

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What is the ESA program?

The ESA program allows eligible students who are zoned to attend a Shelby County district school, a Metro Nashville public school, or a school that was in the Achievement School District (ASD) to use state and local money toward education expenses, including tuition and/or fees at approved private schools.

NOTICE: The Chancery Count of Davidson County lifted the injunction on the Education Savings Account on July 13, 2022 at 9:51 am.  The work to reinstate the ESA program is underway, and resources will be added to this website.

Student Application Now Available

The department has released the ESA application for students interested in participating in the program. The department will be releasing more information regarding deadlines and enrollment timelines next week.

To complete this application, you will need to fill in the required fields and attach copies of your documents. Do not send original documents.  

PLEASE NOTE: No applications will be accepted via email. All submissions and documents must be mailed to the department.

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Application Window Update

We welcome and look forward to receiving applications from families and schools that are interested in ESA program and would like to share important dates regarding ESA application submissions:

  • Applications that are postmarked on or before October 7 will be reviewed for SY22-23 fall enrollment.
  • Applications that are postmarked Oct. 8, 2022 – Jan. 13, 2023 will be reviewed for SY22-23 winter enrollment.

The ESA team will begin reviewing applications for SY22-23 winter enrollment in November 2022.

 

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Families have two options in completing this form:

  1. Print and fill out the application by hand. Families can print and then handwrite responses before mailing.
  2. Fill out the application on a computer before printing and mailing.

 

Once your application is filled out, prepare to mail your application to us for review. Please ensure all needed documents are included with your application. Then, send the complete application with supporting documentation to the following mailing address:

ESA Program c/o TDOE
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Download
ESA Program Application for Students
PDF

Download
Application Guidance for Families
PDF

Additional Resources

Families are invited to review this short video and this webinar for parents to learn more about ESA program eligibility.

Download
Frequently Asked Questions: for Families
PDF

Appeal Process for Applicant Families and Participating Families 

Families may appeal the department’s decision to deny, suspend, or terminate a student’s participation in the ESA Program. If a family is appealing the decision for multiple children, a separate appeal form must be completed for each child. 

Private school classroom

What is the ESA program?

The ESA program allows eligible students who are zoned to attend a Shelby County district school, a Metro Nashville public school, or a school that was in the Achievement School District (ASD) to use state and local money toward education expenses, including tuition and/or fees at approved private schools.

NOTICE: The Chancery Count of Davidson County lifted the injunction on the Education Savings Account on July 13, 2022 at 9:51 am.  The work to reinstate the ESA program is underway, and resources will be added to this website.

Student Application Now Available

The department has released the ESA application for students interested in participating in the program. The department will be releasing more information regarding deadlines and enrollment timelines next week.

To complete this application, you will need to fill in the required fields and attach copies of your documents. Do not send original documents.  

PLEASE NOTE: No applications will be accepted via email. All submissions and documents must be mailed to the department.

———————————————————————————————–

Application Window Update

We welcome and look forward to receiving applications from families and schools that are interested in ESA program and would like to share important dates regarding ESA application submissions:

  • Applications that are postmarked on or before October 7 will be reviewed for SY22-23 fall enrollment.
  • Applications that are postmarked Oct. 8, 2022 – Jan. 13, 2023 will be reviewed for SY22-23 winter enrollment.

The ESA team will begin reviewing applications for SY22-23 winter enrollment in November 2022.

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Families have two options in completing this form:

  1. Print and fill out the application by hand. Families can print and then handwrite responses before mailing.
  2. Fill out the application on a computer before printing and mailing.

 

Once your application is filled out, prepare to mail your application to us for review. Please ensure all needed documents are included with your application. Then, send the complete application with supporting documentation to the following mailing address:

ESA Program c/o TDOE
Andrew Johnson Tower, 10th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Download
ESA Program Application for Students
PDF

Download
Application Guidance for Families
PDF

Additional Resources

Families are invited to review this short video and this webinar for parents to learn more about ESA program eligibility.

Download
Frequently Asked Questions: for Families
PDF