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Educational Savings Accounts – What You Need to Know

An Education Savings Account, also known as an ESA, is a great opportunity for JCA to further provide a quality Christian education to those who wouldn’t normally have access to it.

How it Works

  • Parents who choose to enroll their eligible children in an accredited nonpublic school like JCA will receive an amount equal to the per-student funding allocated to public school districts the same budget school year (currently around $7,500)
  • Funds will be deposited into an Education Savings Account (ESA) to be used for tuition, fees and other qualified education expenses as specified in the legislation

Who is Eligible

  • All current JCA Students
  • All current students entering Kindergarten
  • All current students enrolled in a public school
  • All current students enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school with a household income at or below 400% of the poverty level

How and When to Apply for the 2024-2025 School Year

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You will need your 2023 tax return information in order to apply for an ESA. If you do you not have a tax return, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Current Iowa Driver’s License, OR
  • Proof of Residence (current mortgage, lease, utility bill) and one of the following:
  • Iowa Voter Registration Card
  • Claim of Homestead Credit or Military Tax Exemption on a home in Iowa
  • Active checking or savings account with an Iowa address
  • Other documents and correspondence initiated during tax periods with an Iowa address