Frequently Asked Questions
What is AWSF?
Arizona Waldorf Scholarship Foundation (AWSF) is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) School Tuition Organization (STO) founded in 2011 to fund scholarships for students attending independent Waldorf schools in the state of Arizona and other private schools with shared values.
The Arizona Private School Tax Credit Program allows any Arizona income taxpayer to contribute to an STO, like AWSF, and claim a dollar for dollar credit on their tax return.
Am I eligible to participate?
Anyone who has an AZ state tax liability, no matter how small, can participate. In order to claim a dollar for dollar tax credit, the maximum contribution can be equal to your liability or the maximum allowable for your filing status, whichever is less. Visit www.azdor.gov for the current amounts.
Even if you do not have a liability, you can still participate. Your donation would be treated as a charitable gift, as opposed to a tax credit, for tax purposes.
Do I have to contribute to AWSF by December 31st?
No. The state allows you to re-direct your tax liability up until the day you file or April 15th.
Does AWSF want my refund?
No. AWSF is funded by your tax dollars that would have otherwise gone to the state. This is an empowering way to decide how your tax dollars are spent and provide a scholarship at no cost to you.
If I’m expecting a refund, can I still participate?
Yes! A refund solely means you overpaid in withholdings. The portion of the withholdings that the state is keeping is what can be redirected to AWSF. As mentioned above, AWSF does not want your refund.
What is the AWSF General Scholarship Fund?
The General Fund provides scholarships for families with the greatest financial need from non-recommended tax credits.
Why should I contribute my personal tax liability to the General Fund?
A robust scholarship fund provides a healthier and more diverse community which benefits us all.
Does AWSF provide scholarships for students who attend non-Waldorf private schools?
AWSF considers scholarship applications from students who have graduated from an independent Waldorf school and are continuing their education at any private high school in the state of Arizona. Children in grades K-8 who are seeking scholarship funds from AWSF must be attending or planning to attend a private Waldorf school in the state of Arizona.
What if I don't live in Arizona but would still like to make a donation?
Any donors who live outside of Arizona may still donate. AWSF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; if a donor itemizes their federal taxes they may donate and list their contribution as a federal deduction. If claiming as a federal deduction, your donation must be completed by December 31st of the year you intend to claim the deduction.
Can I donate to my own child?
Unfortunately, no. Donors are prohibited by law from recommending their own dependent as a scholarship recipient.
Can my company match my donation?
Yes! Please check with your employer to see if they participate in a matching gift-giving program.
Can my company donate?
For a company to be eligible to donate and receive a tax credit, that company must file their taxes as a C-Corporation or S-Corporation (includes LLCs that file as an S-Corporation), or be an insurance company that pays taxes on premiums collected in Arizona.