43-1504. Special provisions; corporate donations for low-income scholarships; rules
A. A school tuition organization that receives contributions from a corporation for the purposes of section 20-224.06 or 43-1183 must use at least ninety percent of those contributions to provide educational scholarships or tuition grants only to children whose family income does not exceed one hundred eighty-five percent of the income limit required to qualify a child for reduced-price lunches under the national school lunch and child nutrition acts (42 United States Code sections 1751 through 1793) and to whom any of the following applies:
1. Attended a governmental primary or secondary school as a full-time student as defined in section 15-901 or attended a preschool program that offers services to students with disabilities at a governmental school for at least ninety days of the prior fiscal year or one full semester and transferred from a governmental school to a qualified school.
2. Enroll in a qualified school in a kindergarten program or a preschool program that offers services to students with disabilities.
3. Are the dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders.
4. Are homeschooled before enrolling in a qualified school.
5. Moved to this state from out of state before enrolling in a qualified school.
6. Participated in an Arizona empowerment scholarship account and did not renew the account or accept the scholarship in order to accept a scholarship or tuition grant under this section.
7. Received an educational scholarship or tuition grant under paragraph 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 of this subsection or chapter 16, article 1 of this title if the children continue to attend a qualified school in a subsequent year.
B. A child is eligible to receive an educational scholarship or tuition grant under subsection A of this section if the child meets the criteria to receive a reduced-price lunch but does not actually claim that benefit.
C. In 2021, a school tuition organization shall not issue an educational scholarship or a tuition grant for the purposes of section 20-224.06 or 43-1183 in an amount that exceeds $5,600 for students who are in a kindergarten program, a preschool program that offers services to students with disabilities or grades one through eight or $7,500 for students who are in grades nine through twelve. In each year after 2021, the limit amount for a scholarship or a grant under this subsection shall be increased by $200.
D. A school tuition organization shall require that student beneficiaries use the educational scholarships or tuition grants on a full-time basis. If a child leaves the school before completing an entire school year, the school shall refund a prorated amount of the educational scholarship or tuition grant to the school tuition organization that issued the scholarship or grant. The school tuition organization shall allocate any refunds it receives under this subsection for educational scholarships or tuition grants.
E. Students who receive an educational scholarship or tuition grant under this section shall be allowed to attend any qualified school of their parents' choice.
F. The department of revenue, with the cooperation of the department of insurance and financial institutions, shall adopt rules and publish and prescribe forms and procedures necessary to administer this section.