Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) allow eligible families to use state-provided funds for educational opportunities such as educational therapies, tutoring, and more. In select states, including Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas, Outschool is an approved vendor for their ESA programs, and you may be able to shop for classes on your state’s ClassWallet marketplace. This article will cover frequently asked questions and answers for prospective ESA families.
How does it work?
First, you’ll need to qualify and apply for your state’s ESA program (see approved state programs here) to gain access to state funds. Once you’ve been granted the scholarship form the state, you’ll gain access to an ESA marketplace called ClassWallet. As an approved vendor, you can use your ESA funds to purchase Outschool classes on ClassWallet.
When you click on Outschool from ClassWallet, you’ll be directed to your Outschool account to purchase classes with your ClassWallet funds.
Once you’ve completed your order on ClassWallet, you’ll receive an email from both ClassWallet and Outschool confirming the enrollment. You can then access the class at start time through your Outschool account as normal.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
If you currently qualify for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program, North Carolina’s Education Student Accounts (ESA+) program, or Texas’ Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) program, you can access Outschool classes on ClassWallet. Outschool is currently an approved vendor for only Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas’s ESA programs, but we plan to add more states soon.
How do refunds work when I purchase on ClassWallet?
When you receive a refund from Outschool for a class purchased via ClassWallet, you’ll receive a confirmation email immediately, but these refunds are processed slower than regular Outschool refunds. You may not see your refund reflected in your ClassWallet balance for up to 14 business days from issuance.
How can I request this offering from my state?
We’re working to expand our partnerships with ESA programs across the U.S. Sign up for our waitlist, and you’ll be notified when this offer becomes available in your state.