Nevada Educational Choice Scholarship Program (AB 165)
Melissa Schroeder, M.S.
Want to Apply for a Scholarship Grant?
The Nevada Department of Education does not send or accept
scholarship applications. Please contact the specific
Scholarship Organization listed in the link below,
Registered Scholarship Grant Organizations List.
Want to Donate Funds?
To donate funds, Please contact the specific
Scholarship Organization listed in the link below, Registered Scholarship Grant Organizations List.
AB 165 provides a means for taxpayers to contribute funds to Scholarship Organizations in lieu of paying all or part of the excise tax currently mandated by the Nevada Department of Taxation. Scholarship Organizations must demonstrate compliance with Section 5 of this bill and be approved by the Nevada Department of Education.
The Nevada Department of Taxation must respond to the Scholarship Organization's application to accept said funds and authorize or deny this transaction. If the transaction is approved the Scholarship Organization must notify the taxpayer of the approval as well as the amount of credit approved. The taxpayer must make the donation within 30 days or forfeit the right to provide the funds and to received credit which as authorized by the Nevada Department of Taxation.
The Nevada Department of Education is responsible for determining the maximum amount of scholarship funding any one student may receive based on the Consumer Price Index. In 2015-2016 the funding provided on behalf of any one student could not exceed $7,755.00. The maximum funding for 2017-2018 is $7,934.00.
Scholarship Organizations may expend up to 5% of the money received to pay its administrative expenses.
Schools receiving scholarship grants must maintain a record of academic progress in a manner prescribed by the Nevada Department of Education so that the Department is able to aggregate and report this information.
The Nevada Department of Education shall collect from each Scholarship Organization a report detailing the name and address of said organization, the number of donations/gifts/grants/ received, the total dollar amount of these donations/gifts/grants received, the number of pupils who for whom grants were made, the dollar amount received, the name and address of the school, the number of grant recipients at that school and the total dollar amount of grants provided to students at the school.
As of November 2, 2017, Nevada businesses have asked to make donations of $13,561,336.78 (52%) of the maximum $26,050,000 allowed for the 2017-18 school year.